Awash in a sea of mediocrity, Bills defensive end Aaron Schobel has always stood out.
The franchise’s second-leading sack artist has enjoyed only one winning season since being selected in the 2001draft by Buffalo. Schobel may not be back to try again for that elusive playoff berth.
Schobel told reporters Wednesday that he is considering retirement. The 32-year-old struggled with a foot injury in 2008, but has bounced back with seven sacks this year.
“I’m going to go home and think about it and see if this is what I want to do,” Schobel said.
The Bills have to hope this is a case of a veteran player speaking with emotion after a long, trying season. Retirement talk can sometimes surface in December, only to go away after a few months away from the game.
Schobel is under contract through 2013 and his $6.025 million salary next season is guaranteed if he plays.