Bills Defensive End Aaron Schobel Still Undecided on Retirement

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Aaron Schobel is in no rush to collect his $2 million roster bonus because the Buffalo Bills defensive end still hasn't decided on whether he'll come back for a 10th NFL season.

The two-time Pro Bowler was due to be paid the roster bonus on Tuesday. Schobel remains a member of the Bills, but the payment remains on hold because there's a provision in his contract that he must first pass a physical.

That's fine with Schobel, who told The Associated Press by phone on Tuesday that he's not willing to take the physical until he's made up his mind on whether or not to continue playing.

"I'm in no hurry to get up there and take the physical," Schobel said. "I'm not stressing over the money."

Schobel failed his end-of-year physical in January because of an elbow injury that bothered him for most of last season. He's since had surgery to repair the damage.

As for his future, Schobel said, "We'll wait and see. I'm not ready to make a decision either way."

The Bills previously have left the door open for Schobel's return.

"The ball is in his court," general manager Buddy Nix was quoted as saying on the team's Web site last month. "If he wants to play, we certainly want him back. If he wants to retire, we wish him the best."

Schobel would likely continue playing at the defensive end position as Buffalo changes its defense to a 3-4 scheme under new coach Chan Gailey.

Schobel, whose 78 career sacks rank second on the Bills list, has four years left on a $50.5 million contract extension he signed before the 2007 season.

At 32, Schobel said age, his performance and enjoying a healthy life after football will all weigh into his decision. Another issue is his three children, who he wants to have grow up in his native Texas and be close to his family.

Schobel has put his Buffalo-area home up for sale and permanently relocated his family to Texas. Should he return to play, Schobel intends to rent in Buffalo.

He's ruled out the possibility of being traded, saying he'll either play for the Bills or retire.

After missing 11 games with a foot injury in 2008, Schobel bounced back last year to lead the Bills with 10 sacks — the most he's had since registering a career-best 14 in 2006.

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