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Joe Schobert to the Steelers trade reportedly only involving late round compensation

The Pittsburgh Steelers could have gotten an upgrade to their linebacker corps without giving up a ton of draft capital.

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers needed help at the inside linebacker position after the Vince Williams retirement news before training camp, and it seems as if they are getting that help via a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars. As news broke Thursday night during the Steelers’ preseason game vs. the Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh is reportedly acquiring Joe Schobert from the Jaguars.

While the news sent shockwaves throughout the Steelers’ global fan base, no one knew what the Steelers were giving up to acquire Schobert.

Was James Washington involved?

Were the Jaguars picking up some of Schobert’s 2021 salary?

What draft capital was utilized for the trade?

While the trade has yet to be made finalized, it is being reported by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network the Steelers will be sending “late-round draft compensation” to Jacksonville.

While “late-round draft compensation” is about as vague as you can get when speculating what the Steelers surrendered to acquire Schobert, it does give an idea of what the Jaguars are expecting, and what the Steelers are surrendering.

It is still unknown if Jacksonville will be picking up any of Schobert’s $7.3 million dollar salary in 2021, but it would be expected considering the Steelers’ current salary cap position. With that said, the Steelers could easily create cap space with just a couple moves. If they decided to extend Joe Haden it would create space, and so would giving T.J. Watt a new contract which would decrease his cap hit for the 2021 season.

All of which are still on the table, and could be happening in the coming days/weeks.

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers as they prepare for the Detroit Lions next Saturday in Week 2 of the NFL Preseason, but also as they gear up for the 2021 regular season.