With reports circulating that a couple of NFL teams have contacted Aaron Schobel to see if he would be interested in coming out of retirement to play, Bills GM Buddy Nix was quick to assure that Buffalo isn’t one of those teams.
Nix when asked about Schobel at the press conference introducing newly signed DE Mark Anderson responded as follows.
“Absolutely not,” said Nix. “Playing with us? No. Aaron Schobel was in the past with us from that first camp that I was here (2009). He’s a good guy. I like talking to him, but no.”
Despite the fact that he’s set to turn 35 before the 2012 season, there could very well be a couple of teams. I don’t know that these two teams are interested, but if someone asked me to play a hunch, one would be Jacksonville knowing new head coach Mike Mularkey saw Schobel at his best when he was head coach in Buffalo (2004, 2005).
The other guess would be New England. Partly because I personally witnessed Patriots owner Bob Kraft stop and shake Schobel’s hand in the bowels of Gillette Stadium after the 2009 Monday night season opener, when Schobel leapt up to bat down a Tom Brady pass and snared the thing for an interception and then returned it about 40 yards for a touchdown.
Kraft told him he was a heck of a player and that he respected his game. Schobel also is a very smart and crafty player. Bill Belichick likes those kinds of vets. It’ll be interesting to see if Belichick and the Pats are one of the teams interested.
Tags: Aaron Schobel, NFL free agency
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