This is purely a speculative idea (I have read nothing on this whatsoever)... however, ESPN reports that the Saints are looking for a DE to replace Charles Grant (released). Let's face it, the Bills are rebuilding and Schobel likely isn't seeing the type of offseason transactions taking place that will encourage him to continue playing (vs. retirement with his family). If you were him and money truly was not a motivating factor, would you come back to a new system and a rebuilding effort when you seem to sincerely miss your family in Texas all season long? If you're honest with yourself, you'll agree with me that beyond self-motivating factors... Schobel isn't likely coming back. Even if for some odd reason he does (he may feel obligated to play out his contract), then it's for one last final season. The Bills are not winning the Super Bowl this year... we can only pray they have a chance at the playoffs (albeit highly unlikely with the AFC East only getting better as a whole). Why not return the favor to Schobel for his terrific career here by trading him closer to home and to the Super Bowl Champion Saints? I have no idea what they could get in return as compensation... I'd like to dream about a 2nd round pick (since the Saints pick last), but in reality they would probably be very fortunate to get a 3rd rounder and probably wouldn't even get a pick that high. Maybe a 4th and 7th? Sounds somewhat reasonable to me, considering the circumstances.
I'm not saying I want Schobel to be gone or that he doesn't have great value to this Bills team, because he certainly does. However, considering the fact that Nix and Gailey have been pretty clear on the fact it will take a few years to get back to where they want to be (asking us fans for patience)... it only seems reasonable to do right by a player who has given as much as Schobel has to this organization and allow him to finish his career closer to his family and with a very solid organization in New Orleans. I wish Schobel the best and feel he deserves such an opportunity.