Former Bills defensive end Aaron Schobel set to retire

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Buffalo Bills defensive end Aaron Schobel has decided to retire following a nine-year career that included two Pro Bowl selections, the team said on Monday.

Schobel, who spent his entire career in Buffalo and ranks second on the team's all-time sacks list, was released by the Bills on August 4. He said he will make his decision official as soon as he receives retirement papers from his agent.

"For a while there I was going back and forth, but I was always sort of leaning that way and then I just said that enough was enough and decided that I wasn't going to (come back)," Schobel told the team's website. (

The former second-round draft pick, whose 78 career sacks rank him second behind Hall of Famer Bruce Smith on the team's all-time list, also said he will not listen to offers if another team calls.

The 32-year-old Schobel, who led the team in sacks in each of his first seven seasons in the NFL, started all 16 games last season and registered 10 sacks.

(Writing by Larry Fine, Editing by Frank Pingue)