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The Buffalo Bills have released their two-time Pro Bowl pass rusher on Wednesday. According to NFL reporter Jason La Canfora, the Bills decided to part ways with 10-year veteran Aaron Schobel. Schobel, who contemplated retirement earlier this off-season, is coming off a 10-sack season, the highest output of production from Schobel since the 2006 season.
In the past, Schobel has been known as a Patriots killer. Against New England, the TCU alum has had more success applying pressure on Tom Brady than any other defensive player in the NFL — recording 7.5 sacks since 2005 against Brady and co. The Football Betting odds are pretty high that Schobel would continue to batter Brady if he wasn’t released.
So will the Patriots show interest in Schobel? History says yes.
In the past the Patriots have signed multiple players that at one point in their careers had success against them. Bryan Cox, Victor Green and Otis Smith are a few older names. However, now we see Sammy Morris and Wes Welker fit that same category.
Bill Belichick certainly lives by the saying, “if you can’t beat them — sign them.”
Adding Schobel to the roster only makes sense for the Patriots. With uncertainty surrounding the OLB position with Derrick Burgess, New England is in need for a pass-rushing specialist.
Although Schobel has never played the OLB role in 3-4 defense, he does have the size and quickness to add pressure off the edge.
The other question that needs to be answered is whether or not Schobel wants to play in New England.
With retirement on his mind, Schobel may want to play closer to his home state of Texas where his family resides.
Despite being 32 years old, Schobel has been productive every year in his career and it’s safe to say that he will continue to produce as long as he is in the NFL.