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Saints Hosting Pro Bowl Free Agent for Visit

Devon Platana
The New Orleans Saints are hosting a Pro Bowl free agent for an upcoming visit.
The New Orleans Saints are hosting a Pro Bowl free agent for an upcoming visit. / Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Even though we're several months into the NFL offseason, the New Orleans Saints are far from finished tweaking their roster. Saints analyst Nick Underhill is reporting that the team has scheduled an upcoming visit with former Pro-Bowl linebacker Joe Schobert.

The 28-year-old veteran spent last season starting 15 of his 16 games played with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is a logical replacement if New Orleans still can't agree to terms with fellow free-agent LB Kwon Alexander.

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Schobert played on a minimum contract last season, so Saints fans shouldn't be worried about him demanding a pricy contract. He'd likely be used more in a veteran depth role who can step up and be a starter when needed.

The Saints were one of the top teams against the run last season, allowing just 93.5 rushing yards per game (No. 4). Signing Schobert would help that trend continue, proven by his 112 tackles in 2021 along with the fact that he's had triple-digit tackle totals in each of the last five seasons.

Something that could convince Schobert to sign in New Orleans is his familiarity with Saints wideout Jarvis Landry, having been together on the Cleveland Browns in 2018 and 2019. Landry has had nothing but great things to say about his new team, which could be enough to sway the linebacker.

Schobert may no longer be at a Pro Bowl level, but he's the type of player that could help the Saints return to prominence. Even though the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the divisional favorites, New Orleans went 2-0 against them last year and the additional help would help them be even more competitive come September.

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