Buffalo Bills: Why Releasing Aaron Schobel Was the Right Move

Andrew MasonCorrespondent IAugust 9, 2010

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27:  Aaron Schobel #94 of the Buffalo Bills rushes quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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All of the so called "analysts" have been crushing Buffalo for releasing Aaron Schobel who is an "8-12 sack guy" as Peter King of SI called him.  Sure, the Bills could have waited until a team wanted him and get a draft pick, but when the guy is openly pondering retirement, you have very little room to ask for much of anything besides junk.

And I am going to bet he does not want to learn a 3-4 defense, so I am not sure why the Patriots or Texans are even pondering him.  Although Houston does run a 4-3, they should be concerned about his "retiring" thought.

Schobel has been the rock of the Buffalo Bills D-line the past nine years and has a huge contract. 

Why would he suddenly be considering retirement at age 32? 

32 year-old rich defensive ends do not suddenly ask themselves if they want to retire, but rather he does not buy into the new system.

It is either that or he wanted out of Buffalo period, regardless of what he was getting paid.

Whichever way it was, he did it kindly enough to make it seem like he was legitimately pondering retiring from Buffalo instead of demanding a trade or release.  Buffalo needed to move on and when it becomes public knowledge that he might be pulling a Brett Favre and trying to hold your team hostage, you cannot get anything for him. 

So in a way he did screw Buffalo, but there was no tear.  But Nix knew either way, they were going to lose him for nothing.

The rumors are that he wants to be in Houston and be closer to home but so far that all it seems to be as Seattle is a third team supposedly in the hunt for the defensive end.

So in an effort to start erasing this past horrid decade of Buffalo Bills football, he decided to just cut him which in my mind is the 100% right move.  Nix and Gailey need to move this franchise forward away from the 2000-2009 era of football and by just removing one of the cornerstones of that era without waiting for an actual decision from him is the correct step forward.