A story that has flown well under the radar all offseason is the planned retirement of Bills Pro Bowl pass-rusher Aaron Schobel. The soon-to-be-33-year-old has battled foot problems in recent years.
Schobel spent the offseason at his home in Texas. He eschewed a $2 million roster bonus in March and said in June that he was likely calling it quits. However, as all great athletes tend to do, he kept himself in decent shape just in case he has a change of heart. Sure enough, yesterday, Schobel told the Buffalo News , "I'm leaning more toward playing than I was a month ago I don't know what the Bills would do or how much time they would give me [to make a decision], but I'm thinking about it."
The Associated Press contacted Schobel today. He didn’t change his tune, but didn’t say he has made up his mind either. "I'm thinking about it, but I'm not ready to make a decision," Schobel said. "I'm not saying yes. I'm not saying no." If Schobel does play, he’ll report in mid-August.
The Bills desperately need Schobel. They’re christening a new 3-4 scheme and have no other bona fide outside rushing linebackers (second-year pro Aaron Maybin should be better in the new scheme, but he’s still unproven; veteran Chris Kelsay is more equipped to play on a four-man defensive line).
In all likelihood, Schobel will play one more season for the Bills.
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