DE-OLB Aaron Schobel, a nine-year veteran, told The Houston Chronicle he will retire from football. Schobel was considering playing for the Texans, and other teams were interested in him.
The two-time Pro Bowler spent his entire career in Buffalo, starting 128 games and recording 78 sacks, ranking him second in team history behind Bruce Smith. But he wanted to play for a contender, not the rebuilding Bills, and a change to a 3-4 defense would have pushed Schobel to OLB if he remained in Buffalo.
The Bills released Schobel on Aug. 4 to give him the opportunity to retire as a Bill or sign with another team, a sign of respect for the player who gave them nine quality years of service.
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