When asked about recently released Bills linebacker Aaron Schobel, Patriots Director of Player Personnel said on Thursday that the team would do their “due dillegence” with him as they would any released player.
The good news is that it appers like they may be getting a bit closer to bringing him here, with Mike Giardi of NECN reporting that the team has a ‘strong interest’ in him, citing a source.
â€śI think this time of the year any player that gets released we kind of go through or our normalÂ processÂ as far as evaluating the player, figuring out exacltyÂ what his skills are and how that would fit,” said CaserioÂ when asked about Schobel onÂ Thursday.Â “So heâ€™s no different than any other player that gets released this time ofÂ the year.Â Â Weâ€™ll do our due dilligence here moving forward, and then weâ€™ll see how it all comes together at some point.â€ť
It’s no secret that guys who have been a problem for the Patriots have been players that head coach Bill Belichick likes to recruit (ie: Wes Welker, Sammy Morris, etc.) – but this one may be a little tougher. Â Schobel wanted out of Buffalo because he was tired of losing, and wants a chance to play for a competitive football team – but it appears it may come at a significant cost.
Giardi points out that this situation is different than what transpired when JuniorÂ Seau decided to skipÂ retirement and come to New England.Â For Seau it wasn’t about the money -Â it was about having an opportunityÂ to finally win a championship.Â Â GiardiÂ implied that while Schobel wants to win, he also ‘wants big $’ – which means it may be a bit tougher to lure himÂ here.
Shchobel would definitely be a nice addition to a team that is still in search of a pass rusher.Â He’s had his success getting to Brady – sacking himÂ more times than any other player, including an interception return for a touchdown against him last season.Â
Reports earlier this week said that the chances ofÂ him landing here were ‘unlikely’.Â However, Belichick has been known to be a pretty pursuasive guy with veteran players over the years.Â We’ll have to wait andÂ see if he’s pursuasive enough to convince Schobel to come play for him here in New England.