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New England Misses Out: Aaron Schobel Retires

Former Bills DE Aaron Schobel has retired from the NFL. (Photo by thegoosesroost.com)

After being released by the Buffalo Bills, DE Aaron Schobel has retired from the NFL.

Schobel, 32, decided to hang it up after he considered signing with the Houston Texans and New England Patriots. Despite his age, Schobel was still one of the most productive pass-rushing DE’s in the NFL. In 2009, Schobel recorded 10 sacks, which was tops on the Bills.

With many players in today’s game playing past their prime, Schobel wanted to go out on his own terms.

“I want to be done with it,” Schobel said. “I’m going to leave it as is. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to play, anyway. I’m going to be 33 in two weeks, and I’m leaving the game on my terms and nobody else’s. I’m just going to leave it alone and retire.”

Earlier in the month SoB explored the possibility of Schobel joining the much maligned Patriots defensive front seven. Perhaps now, the Patriots could have used Schobel’s services more than ever with the recent injury to DE Ty Warren. Although it’s all speculation at this point, if the Patriots were to have signed Schobel it would have allowed for Bill Belichick and whomever is calling the sets defensively to use Schobel and returning Derrick Burgress in creative, pass-rushing ways — running 4-3 and 3-4 defensive formations.

Instead, the Patriots are left with a 300-pound hole at DE and a pass-rushing specialist who wasn’t even sure if he wanted to play two weeks ago.

At the end of the day, Schobel made the right decision for himself. But the Patriots would have been a better team with his services.

About Matthew Marcantonio - @M_Marcantonio

Matthew Marcantonio is the Patriots and college football editor at Sports of Boston. Marcantonio has contributed for two newspapers; the Sentinel & Enterprise (Leominster, Mass) and The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La) and held internships with The Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

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