One day after Brett Favre mused that he might play until he’s 50, Buffalo Bills’ defensive end Aaron Schobel has indicated he too is having second thoughts about retiring.
Schobel was the best pass rusher on a team last year that didn’t have much going for it. He had 10 sacks but faces a transition from defensive end to outside linebacker in the Bills’ new 3-4 defence. That move led him to contemplate retirement even though he has four years left on a $50.5-million US contract.
“I’m leaning more toward playing than I was a month ago,” Schobel told the Buffalo News.
He has 78 sacks in nine seasons (second only to Bruce Smith on Buffalo’s all-time chart) but the Bills are rebuilding again and probably won’t make the playoffs. Again.
While Schobel’s efforts made Buffalo one of the best defences against the pass, they were horrible against the run.
There is speculation Schobel is interested in returning — but moreso if the Bills trade him to a team with playoff opportunities.
“I’m not ready to make a decision,” Schobel said. “I’m not saying yes. I’m not saying no. I don’t kow what the Bills would do ... they might tell me to get lost and I’d understand.”