Schobel is retiring, saying he lost his hunger for playing last year.|||||||
The Bills released Schobel on Aug. 4 after nine seasons. Schobel was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and his 78 career sacks rank second in Buffalo history behind Hall of Famer Bruce Smith. Schobel mulled his options for two weeks, and his decision to retire on Monday was first reported by FoxSportsHouston.com. He said in a phone interview with The Associated Press that he had been leaning toward retirement since the end of last season.
The Bills released Schobel on Wednesday.|||||||
The move comes two days after general manager Buddy Nix said the team was moving on without Schobel, who spent the offseason contemplating retirement. "If he chooses to retire, he will do so as a Buffalo Bill," Nix said. "This move allows him the opportunity to play somewhere else if he so choses. And we felt that was a fair thing to do for a guy who has played hard for us the past nine seasons."
The Buffalo Bills are opening training camp with Schobel on the Reserve/Did Not Report list while the veteran defensive end contemplates retirement. The move was announced Thursday, shortly before the team's first practice in suburban Rochester. Schobel did not report for the start of camp and has missed all of the team's offseason practices.|||||||
Earlier this week, the nine-year NFL veteran says he's leaning toward playing, but won't make a decision until mid-August. The Bills are holding the door open in the event Schobel decides to play.
Schobel is in no rush to collect his $2 million roster bonus because the Buffalo Bills defensive end still hasn't decided on whether he'll come back for a 10th NFL season. The two-time Pro Bowl player was due the roster bonus on Tuesday. But there's a provision in his contract that he must first pass a physical. Schobel failed his end of season physical because of an elbow injury, which was surgically repaired this offseason.|||||||
Schobel told The Associated Press by phone Tuesday that he's "not stressing over the money," or in any hurry to travel to Buffalo to take a mandatory physical because he's not yet made a decision on his future. Schobel said he'll only take the physical if he decides to play this season.
Schobel, who got his 73rd career sack, was sidelined by a groin injury late in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Houston Texans.|||||||
The Bills lost two starters, including right tackle Jamon Meredith, who was carted off after hurting his right leg in the first quarter. They announced the chance of both players returning was questionable.