4) Stop me if you've heard this before: Schobel might not want to take part in two-a-days. Yup, you heard it right. So there's a pretty good chance that, from a timing standpoint, whomever he signs with gets him just after camp breaks.
5) The Texans, as has been written, are a runaway favorite. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle has more here. But that doesn't mean he can't be enticed -- financially or otherwise -- to change his mind. What will be interesting is to see if New England still has the kind of intangible value here that it used to. A vet can't exactly count on gravy-training a ring here.
6) Bill Belichick has cut breaks for vets in the past. Roman Phifer, if I'm not mistaken, had a pretty sweet deal affording him family time. Something like that might need to be in play here for this to work from Schobel's standpoint. He's got three young kids and lives in the Houston area.
So now, the big question ... Is Schobel worth it? And I think it depends. If you consider yourself a legitimate Super Bowl contender, then yes he is. You'd have to think that in every year for the rest of Tom Brady's career, the Patriots would put themselves in that group, and that's why I do think it's worth going hard after this guy.
Whether he responds to those overtures, of course, is another matter entirely. I'll check in with you guys when I get down to the stadium in a little bit.