Aaron Schobel has done a fine job filling the “is he retiring or un-retiring this week?” quota for our blogs during the moments where Brett Favre isn’t being Brett Favre.
So, thank you Aaron.
Schobel began his retirement flip-flop two weeks ago, walking away from $8 million from the Bills before mutual interest surfaced with the Texans. The sides talked, according to Texans coach Gary Kubiak, but it sounds as though Schobel’s heart isn’t in it. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle wrote Monday that Schobel is now officially retiring.
We’re thinking this could put an end to the Schobel sweepstakes. Unless, of course, a team comes up with an offer that would make Schobel reconsider.
Various reports over the last two weeks listed the Patriots and Seahawks as teams joining the Texans in pursuit of Schobel.
Solomon Wilcots took a look recently at why Schobel is a great fit for the Texans, and a much better fit within a 4-3 defense. There’s also a logical fit with the Patriots, especially after losing Ty Warren for the season. Given Bill Belichick’s propensity to change his hybrid defense from week to week depending on matchups, it’s easy to envision a scenario where Schobel would have enough snaps as either a 4-3 end or situational pass rusher every Sunday, depending on the game plan.
Given that Schobel had indicated he wanted to play only one more season if he did return, maybe we haven’t heard the last from him.