Former Buffalo defensive end Aaron Schobel – whose release had many Patriots fans wondering if he would be a good fit in New England – apparently has decided to call it a career.
The soon-to-be 33-year old reportedly had been mulling retirement during the offseason, weary of learning another new head coach’s ways and struggling though the rigors of another season without much in return as far as wins and a playoff chance. Plus, new Bills coach Chan Gailey was converting to a 3-4 defense, and Schobel was highly reluctant to learn a new position.
Now, he has apparently made his decision.
Via his Twitter feed, Houston Chronicle NFL reporter John McClain wrote today that, “Former Buffalo DE Aaron Schobel told me this morning he’s officially retired and won’t be playing for the Texans…Schobel turns 33 in two weeks. Says he’s tired of dieting to weigh in the 240s when he’s playing and wants to eat and weigh 270…Schobel told me two weeks ago he wanted to play for the Texans because Houston is one hour from his home and he can see his family…Gary Kubiak talked to Schobel on the telephone last week. Schobel would have been reunited with DL coach Bill Kollar, his coach with Bills…A lot of teams have shown interest in Schobel since he walked away from the $8 million salary with the Bills. He said, ‘I’m done with it.'”
If Schobel is indeed done, he retires with 481 tackles (337 solo), 78 sacks, 31 passes defensed, 21 forced fumbles and three interceptions.