Instead of continuing to play with another team in 2010, former Bills defensive Aaron Schobel has elected to retire. After clearly being displeased with the Bills organization, Schobel left over $6 million behind to pursue his options elsewhere. After a couple weeks, Schobel has since received interest from multiple NFL teams including the Houston Texans, the team that was highly considered to be his landing point. But after consideration, Schobel told the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain that he’s officially retired won’t be playing for the Texans. More simply put, he said, “I’m done with it.”
Schobel’s retirement is likely a sign that both he and the Texans couldn’t come to a good agreement on his contract and role with the team. With Mario Williams, Antonio Smith, and Connor Barwin already on the roster, Schobel was likely looking at being the 4th defensive end on the depth chart. Even though he likely would have been rotated in regularly, Schobel probably didn’t think too much of being mainly a bench warmer to end his career. He certainly has plenty left in his tank, but he’s ready to move on from football and spend more time with his family. Although he may not agree with me now, I believe that he is walking out too early.
Schobel finishes his career with 483 tackles, 78 sacks, and 19 forced fumbles. He played nine seasons in the NFL, all with the Bills.