About five weeks ago, longtime Bills defensive end Aaron Schobel thought about ending his career. He said he was leaning toward not playing but that he wasn’t 100 percent sure.
Now, as training camp approaches, he appears to be having second thoughts. According to the Buffalo News , Schobel, a two-time Pro Bowler who’s coming off a 10-sack year, is thinking more seriously about returning for his 10th NFL season.
"I'm leaning more toward playing than I was a month ago," Schobel told The News. "I don't know what the Bills would do or how much time they would give me (to make a decision) but I'm thinking about it."
If he does return, it’ll be interesting to see where he fits into the lineup. Last year, playing a 4-3 defense, the Bills finished 30th in the league in rushing defense, despite the same DL lineup starting 13 of the 16 games. This year, Buffalo has installed a 3-4 scheme with former DT Marcus Stroud lining up at left DE and DT Kyle Williams at the NT. At right DE, the projected starter is former Ravens DE Dwan Edwards.
Schobel most likely would play outside linebacker, which is probably why he thought about retiring in the first place. At 6-foot-4 and about 240 pounds, Schobel would be the right size to play at his new spot.
If he doesn’t return, his spot probably would go to Aaron Maybin – Buffalo’s first-round pick in 2009 who made very little impact last season but who has plenty of upside.
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