Linebacker Joe Schobert admitted he was surprised when he was told by the Jacksonville Jaguars that he was being traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a sixth round pick. Schobert was a splashy free agent signing last year but he lasted only a year in Jacksonville.
"I think it came out of the blue, from my perspective," Schobert said on Sunday in his first interview since the trade, per ESPN. "Nothing really, no warning signs or predetermined stuff. I was talking to defensive coaches right after I talked to the general manager, and they were pretty shocked about it.
".. It's stressful, especially in the middle of training camp. Got a wife, kid, dog. House down in Jacksonville; got to figure out the logistics of moving them up. I wouldn't say I was sad, no -- stressful. A little shock to the system."
Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke insisted to Schobert that he would never trade him to a bad place. "I wouldn't put you in it if it wasn't a good situation for you and your family, coming up to Pittsburgh, good team,'" Schobert said Baalke told him.
"That's what I was told."
The Steelers happy to have Schobert
"It presented itself to us, but it didn't take us long to consider it because we're highly familiar with his skill set and productivity," Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said of the trade.
"We're excited about having him. Productivity, when I think of Joe. He needs no endorsement from me. We're familiar with him. Former AFC North guy, been highly productive in every circumstance that he's been in.
"He's a sideline-to-sideline tackler, he's good in coverage, he has coverage production in terms of interceptions, he has sack production. He plays a well-rounded game and so we're excited about infusing him into what we do."
Schobert has already started working on chemistry with his teammates. "This will be my sixth scheme in six years of learning," said Schobert, who added the Steelers' scheme is most similar to the one he was in during his rookie year in Cleveland.
"I've done a lot of similar things. Mostly the biggest difference is the jargon, the language of the defense, just getting on par with everyone else and communicating with them on the field." Schobert hopes to play in the Steelers' third preseason game, which is scheduled for next Saturday.
"I don't know how many reps I'll get before it'll feel great, before I'll be 100% comfortable making all the calls and communicating with everyone on defense," Schobert said. "But I think it'll be a pretty fluid, pretty easy process, especially with all the veterans."