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Will the Patriots Look At Aaron Schobel?

Aaron Schobel sacks Patriots QB Tom Brady (Photo by AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

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.

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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One comment for “Will the Patriots Look At Aaron Schobel?”

  1. […] 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. […]

    Posted by New England Misses Out: Aaron Schobel Retires | Sports of Boston | August 19, 2010, 1:21 am

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