Aaron Schobel will be getting his way

Well, the Bills have blinked.

With defensive end Aaron Schobel contemplating retirement throughout the offseason and then deciding he would be willing to play in a city other than Buffalo, the Bills had three options.

They could trade him, they could tell him, “Play for us or play for no one,” or they could release him.

After insisting that Schobel would not be released, the Bills now reportedly plan to simply set him free.  (For those of you who wonder why the team has been so mediocre-to-bad lately, we hope you’re paying attention right now.)

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Schobel will be released later today, and that Schobel plans to sign with a new team.

Under contract through 2012, Schobel was due to earn a base salary of $6.025 million this year.  The 15th pick in the second round of the 2001 draft, Schobel has spent nine seasons with the Bills.  He started every game from 2002 through 2007 and in 2009.  (Injury limited him to five games in 2008.)  He also appeared in every game and started 11 as a rookie.

The 32-year-old has 78 career sacks, and he cracked double digits for the fourth time in his career last season.

But here’s perhaps the most important stat, from Schobel’s perspective.  Through nine NFL seasons, the total number of postseason games he has seen without a TV or a ticket is . . . zero.

The Texas native could be eyeballing the Houston Texans, whom many expect to get to the postseason for the first time in team history.  Bill Kollar, who was Schobel’s position coach for three years in Buffalo, is the assistant head coach/defensive line coach in Houston.

50 responses to “Aaron Schobel will be getting his way

  1. Houston is supposed to “break through” every season and it never happens. 2010 will be no different.

  2. The Bills are morons for letting this guy get away without getting anything in return. It’s like when Marvin Lewis let Takeo Spikes go, simply because Spikes didn’t want to be there anymore, and Lewis wanted to set a precedent.

  3. so kollar, who was his position coach for 3 years when they didn’t make the playoffs is going to sweetin the deal by saying what? we’ve never been to the playoffes either, come here!

  4. The Bills are the biggest joke in the NFL. Raiders fans can rejoice that they no longer hold that title/bear that burden.

  5. Let’s go Buffalo. To Toronto.
    It’s sad to watch a franchise with such a rich history tank year after year. I’m not even a Buffalo fan and it bothers me. I can only imagine what the folks who root for this amateur organization must go through. My condolences…

  6. the bills know they are going 5-11 with or without him.
    comiskey logic. so why even pay him?

  7. “For those of you who wonder why the team has been so mediocre-to-bad lately, we hope you’re paying attention right now.”
    Why? Because the Bills gave Aaron Schobel what he wanted after 9 years of no playoffs? Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. If the Bills had played hardball and forced Aaron Schobel to stay retired just to hang on to an asset, you would have hit them with something like, “Now you see why no player would willingly choose to play for such an unyielding franchise.”
    Whatever. He wanted to play closer to home to spend more time with his family, and no-one was going to take on his inflated salary in a trade. You don’t think that they thought of trying to trade him? Why so much hate?

  8. Truthbluth: Lets face it, the Bills are probably the only team in the whole league that exudes no excitement at all.
    None.

  9. Disagree. Schobel had zero trade value and didn’t want to play for Buffalo any longer. So let him go.
    I like Buddy Nix’s no-nonsense style. Re-build with players who want to be here.

  10. I REALLY want the Pats to sign this guy, he is a missing pc for that team.
    But Im hearing he wants to play close to home, he would look pretty nasty opposite Mario Williams

  11. Like Truthbluth said, ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’.
    Schobel spent all offseason pussyfooting around retirement, and because the Bills won’t allow him to show up at the end of camp (a la Lord Favre), it shows the world why they suck so bad? If they had allowed this to happen, you would have pulled out the ‘can’t put the genie back in the bottle’ angle. One more thing, lets remember that Schobel is as responsible for the playoff drought as all the other members of the organization.
    The franchise has sucked because their players have been soft, the coaches stunk, and the scouts didn’t know a thing. It might be a step backwards this year, but I have faith that Buddy and Chan will get this team back to respectability.

  12. Schobel to the Texans will be a great fit.
    He lives just 70 miles outside of Houston, former D-Line coach in Kollar is here, a team that is truly ready to make the next step this year.
    Came up just shy last year, but not we addressed our weak areas.
    Peyton Manning aint ready for 3rd and 9 when he is backed up inside his 20 with Mario Williams and Aaron Schobel rushing from the ends and with Antonio Smith and Okoye pressuring from the middle.
    **** Remember, the Texans were 5th in Defense in the last 13 games of the season after we added Safety Benard Pollard.
    HOUSTON!!!! TEXANS!!!!! 11-5

  13. New England is not any closer to Columbus, Texas than Buffalo is. It’s Houston or retirement for Aaron, and it’s likely that the Texans knew that, or they might have traded for him. You Pats fans can keep dreaming.

  14. The so-called “experts” have been saying the Texans would be in the playoffs for the past couple seasons. They only way this will happen is when Peyton Manning retires…

  15. The Bills likely did try to trade him. But trading him was impossible because of his $8 mil price tag.
    All of you New England chowds should settle down. Schobel is not going to sign with the Pats. If he goes anywhere, it will be to Houston. He wants to go play close to home where his family is. His close friend and former D-line coach at Buffalo, Bill Kollar, is the D-line/Assistant Head Coach for the Texans. Plus, Schobel will be better suited as a 4-3 DE and not an OLB in a 3-4 where he would have to cover guys downfield.

  16. It is interesting to read the comments by so many people who know nothing about Schobel, such as “he has no trade value”. Advanced NFL Stats rated Schobel the #1 DE in the entire NFL based on his performance last year.
    http://wp.advancednflstats.com/defenderstats.php?year=2009&pos=DE
    If the Bills just cut Schobel, then it will be to give him the flexibility to sign with a team nearer to his home, which is what he said he wants to do. It is most likely that he ends up with Houston, which would certainly help the Texans make the playoffs. Do not expect him to go to the Patriots, because not only do they run the 3/4 (although he could be a 3/4 OLB, he has always played as a 4/3 DE), but being near his family is what is most important to him. If he wanted the most money, he would have stayed with the Bills. If he wanted to play for the strongest team available, it would probably be the Cowboys (nearer his home, but not as near as Houston).

  17. Just like Favre got out of his contract with the Jets.
    This threatening to retire can work for some players.
    It did not work for Barry Sanders.

  18. @darlak: Seriously…one of the dumbest comments ever. How can you even remotely put any emphasis on the fact that Kollar was the D-line coach at Buffalo when they were not reaching the postseason and assume that if Schobel came to Houston where Kollar happens to be and assume that because the Texans haven’t reached the post-season ever, that it would be a bad decision for Schobel? Did Kollar go out there and cover guys downfield? Did Kollar lob the pigskin around? Did Kollar tote the rock? Catch balls? Stuff the run? No.

  19. Schobel is just like Welker when Welker was with Miami – hate the guy because he’s so good but fans would sacrifice their left one to have him wearing the Flying Elvis.

  20. Buffalo should let him play….. for Buffalo! Why not? Let him play DE for all I care

  21. Schobel simply does not fit in the new 3-4 defense. Not big enough for an end, and not fast enough for an OLB. Time to go.
    What people do not realize is the Bills have the best secondary in the NFL. If the new D can help on the passrush and run D, they can be a force.

  22. “Truthbluth says:
    August 4, 2010 10:47 AM
    New England is not any closer to Columbus, Texas than Buffalo is. It’s Houston or retirement for Aaron, and it’s likely that the Texans knew that, or they might have traded for him. You Pats fans can keep dreaming.”
    He simply wanted out of Buffalo. Now that he got his wish he could land anywhere and I’d bet that he does not end up in Houston. Time will tell.

  23. # joetoronto says: August 4, 2010 10:11 AM
    Truthbluth: Lets face it, the Bills are probably the only team in the whole league that exudes no excitement at all.
    None.
    ——————————————————
    I like their logo and jersey design……and Ralph Wilson jokes are always funny.

  24. Cincinnati steps in at the last minute and snags him from Houston with a starting position and better shot at the playoffs…….LOL
    Texans dont be surprised…..LOL

  25. At least he’s gone…Schobel was a servicable DE for many years with Buffalo but honestly it was time to part ways on both sides…
    As to double digit sacks 4x’s in his career, last year I noticed watching the games that a significant number of them came off of blitzes…and I will concede that he didn’t have a stud DE on the other side to put pressure on the QB…however we are saying a good player who will most likely be on the “downside” of his career…
    Buffalo did the right thing…finally…but we need to make decisions like this sooner…to not leave the perception that we can’t make up our minds due to ineptitude…

  26. It’s a shame, but here is the reality:
    His contract was too large. He really only makes sense in a 4-3 defence. He had gone public with his interest to leave Buffalo after the defensive scheme was changed. Hence, he had no trade value.
    Releasing him was probably the most logical decision. Even though Schobel said that he would not show up to camp simply to force the Bills to pay him, it isn’t fair to him to hold him up when the trade wasn’t going to happen.
    Anyone who says that the Bills did something stupid here has no idea what they are talking about.

  27. The one handed drum roll is a nice touch. you guys do great work, thank you for making this long offseason somewhat interesting!

  28. “For those of you who wonder why the team has been so mediocre-to-bad lately, we hope you’re paying attention right now”
    There are only 2 words as to why the Bills have been so awful for so long. Ralph Wilson. He is long past being able to competently run an NFL team and he has heavily influenced every major decision the team has made for the last 10 years.

  29. @PFTiswhatitis
    Don’t tell me the ‘simple’ truth about Aaron Schobel.
    If Aaron Schobel did ‘simply want out’ of Buffalo, why would he have signed a 7 year contract extension three years ago? He’s never had any issue with this town, or this franchise. He’s been contemplating retirement because his wife and children live in Columbus, Texas year round, and his family is very important to him. His children are young, and he wants to be able to be around him.
    He may not sign with the Texans, but it’ll either be Dallas, New Orleans, or Houston. You can bank on that.
    The only simple thing here is that you ‘simply’ don’t know what you’re talking about.

  30. Posted by Mike Florio on August 4, 2010 9:46 AM ET: After insisting that Schobel would not be released, the Bills now reportedly plan to simply set him free. (For those of you who wonder why the team has been so mediocre-to-bad lately, we hope you’re paying attention right now.)
    No matter what decision the Bills make, trade him, keep him, let him go, you will still find a way to trash them. Do you have something against Buffalo? Or is trashing the Bills something thats a fad right now with you so called “writers”. Give up people! Gailey and Nix are here to stay. If they made the decision to rid of Schobel, it must be because they think it is better for the TEAM! Go Bills!!

  31. Look, the jills are a small market franchise and doing the best they can. That city and franchise has a hard time bringing in talent. Who wants to live or play there?
    Yes, they haved sucked for all but like 4 years when they got close but couldn’t close the deal.
    but look at the bright side… they still rank higher in winning % than the jests.

  32. back to some alterations on comiskey thinking…
    by the time the bills are good again (if so) schobel will be 35 and done for and likely cut with no one else picking him up.
    the bills are rewarding a good and team player by amicably letting him go. they are pretty sure he will go to houston anyway and they dont play houston every year. besides they can now build the 3-4 they want to build a little easier.

  33. everybody who isnt from buffalo sit back and say what you want about the bills im sure you know all about the team from what you see on sport center and nfl network, truth be told they have a more talent on the team then the rams, browns raiders or tampa bay does.the bills will go 7-9 this season ,8-8 if things go well, its not the playoffs but its a step in the right direction.

  34. who in the hell would honestly ‘want’ to play in buffalo. McGehee wanted to kill himself up there. He touted the Fridays as the coolest place to be in the area. .. I believe him. YOEKLES,,
    the best thing to come from buffalo is cutco

  35. People don’t want to play for Buffalo because they’re a bad team and micromanaged by the owner. There is no difference in the weather or night life in places like Cincinnati, Minnesota, Indianapolis, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, etc. If the Bills were in contention, they could attract top free agents. All stars like Pat Williams, London Fletcher and Antwain Winfield all wanted to stay but no one wanted to pay them.
    Willis wanted out because he had three kids with three women who wanted to get collect support. He even explained to the Buffalo News the difference between a “girl friend” and “baby momma.” Class act all the way.
    Don’t criticize a city unless you’ve been there.

  36. tonka says:
    August 4, 2010 9:56 AM
    The Bills are the biggest joke in the NFL. Raiders fans can rejoice that they no longer hold that title/bear that burden.
    NO sorry but the Raiders and the Browns are still holding a share of that burden, and always will. Shows how much you know about football

  37. SomeFans says:
    August 4, 2010 11:53 AM
    Look, the jills are a small market franchise and doing the best they can. That city and franchise has a hard time bringing in talent. Who wants to live or play there?
    Yes, they haved sucked for all but like 4 years when they got close but couldn’t close the deal.
    but look at the bright side… they still rank higher in winning % than the jests.
    ————————————————– But…. The Jets did win a superbowl… 0-4 buddy

  38. i never post. but i feel it necessary, as a bills fan my whole life to say I HATE THIS TEAM MORE THAN EVER THIS YEAR!!!!
    i’m not a coach, don’t pretend to be..
    but something doesn’t seem right… get rid of pro bowler Jason Peters.. and now Aaron Schobel ..
    KEEP TRENT EDWARDS , RYAN FITZ AND BRIAN WHOCARES AND DRAFT A RUNNING BACK WITH THEIR TOP PICK…
    I think cenial Ralph Wilson looks for that same trait in his staff when he hires them….CHAN WHO??
    what a bunch of ASSHOLES…
    i know several people who have had season tickets for years, and didn’t renew them this year due to the state of shit this team is in…

  39. “After insisting that Schobel would not be released, the Bills now reportedly plan to simply set him free. (For those of you who wonder why the team has been so mediocre-to-bad lately, we hope you’re paying attention right now.)”
    But wasn’t it you, Mike, who suggested, in a video some weeks, that this is what the Chargers should do with Vincent Jackson? Remember, you said the Chargers should “just let him go.”
    Righhhhtttt.
    This is why you should keep the opinions to a minimum and stick to what made this site in the first place…rumors, news, and contract details.

  40. I’m lost for words, I’m just going to say that schobel was a good player on a mismanaged team and given our switch to the 3-4 and that he’s got a few years left, I think it’s good for the team and aaron to part ways now rather than later. Good luck man, and thank you for giving us hope while you were here.

  41. @JacksonJames, for being a bills fan, you sure don’t know anything about the bills. Ignorant F***.
    I bet your one of those people who think Levy Brown is going to be the future. Dumb F***.
    Jason Peters was a lazy bum that didn’t want to be in buffalo. End of story…
    Aaron Schobel doesn’t fit in the 3-4 defense. Fits great in the 4-3 but our defense is better suited for a 3-4, bills secondary is amazing (The only good thing jauron did for the team). If he is not going to report to training camp, then he will be behind in learning a completely new scheme that he has never played. Props to Buddy Nix and Chan for disallowing him to come back. There not going to take any Bull**** from anyone… And I like it alot.
    Have you watched any of the videos where Chan Gailey talks? I’ll admit at first i was disappointed at the bills for hiring a coach like him, but he fits our team perfectly. Every time i see a video of him, i fall in love with him even more. This team isn’t going to get better overnight.
    And drafting C.J. Spiller adds explosiveness to Buffalo’s lacking offense. Do you know how many mismatches Spiller and Parrish are going to cause for teams?! If you don’t see how spiller makes buffalo’s offense that much better, then open your eyes. Cj also sells tickets and brings the dire needed media back. If we drafted a QB or an LT, you don’t know if they could contribute on day 1 vs. miami. You know Spiller will.
    Obviously if we didn’t draft a quarterback, Chan Gailey and Buddy Nix saw something Dick Jauron failed to see when they drafted checkdown edwards, who just passes the ball to fred jackson 4 yards behind the line every play (4th and 23, game is on the line vs the saints. Edwards drops back to pass, shoves it 4 yards behind the line to Fred Jackson, WTF!!).
    Look up general manager of the colts, bill polian. Look at his drafting history with the colts. I see similar drafting abilities in Nix and Gailey.
    I’m excited to see what Buddy and Chan will accomplish by the end of the season. There is going to be obvious improvements.

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