Buffalo Bills Release Aaron Schobel

Walker DanielsCorrespondent IAugust 6, 2010

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 01:  Aaron Maybin #58 and Aaron Schobel #94 of the Buffalo Bills meet on the field during the game against the Houston Texans at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 1, 2009 in Orchard Park, New York. Houston won 31-10. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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In a situation that bares some similarities to Brett Favre’s seasons ago with Green Bay, the Buffalo Bills have decided to release Aaron Schobel. Schobel was the team’s best pass rusher for the past seven seasons. He is second behind Bruce Smith in sacks for the franchise’s history.

Problem is, Schobel was thought to be just about retired, before stating that he may want to come back. With the Bills, a rebuilding team, needing every last roster spot, they could not wait any longer on Schobel. Releasing him gives him a chance to go elsewhere, something he seemed to have wanted anyway. This move has potential to have an impact on Bills betting this season.

Schobel is fairly young, at 32 years of age. The retirement talk first started with him before the start of last season. He expressed discontent with the Bills failure to make the playoffs, and stated that it sucked the fun out of football for him. He also cited a desire to be with his family.

When he sold his Buffalo area home and moved to Texas, the Bills thought it was a done deal. When Schobel said that he wanted to come back, but would not make a decision, the Bills could take the hint. NFL betting fans may see this as a negative sign for the Bills this season.

He does not want to be there, and they don’t need him in that situation. He is going to play this year, just a matter of where. The hot pick seems to be his hometown Texans. He would be a great asset to lineup on the other side of Mario Williams.

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The Texans are a pick by many online betting enthusiasts to make the playoffs with their dangerous offense. If they are able to sign Schobel, it may push them over the top. He also has a relationship with their defensive coordinator. Schobel’s addition would be a solid cog on a defense that needs to improve to get Houston to where they want to be.

The Saints and Cowboys are talked of as other possible landing spots. New England seems to have the most pressing need for him, but Schobel wants to play in the South. Bottom line, an elite pass rusher has suddenly hit the market at the Bills expense. He is young and can still play. Whoever picks him up is a sure bet to get better.

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