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“I’ve followed him for a lot of years,” Kubiak said. “I think it’s about right now evaluating him just like you do every player that gets released and then taking a look at your team and where you’re at.”

Kubiak noted that Schobel already has an obvious tie with the Texans in defensive line coach Bill Kollar, who previously coached Schobel in Buffalo.

“Bill thinks a lot of him as a player and a person,” Kubiak said.

Schobel’s agent, Jeff Nalley, told KIRV-TV in Houston that his client has “always been a fan of the Texans” in a story published on the station’s website. Nalley, however, didn’t rule out other possibilities.

“I do expect to hear from most of the Super Bowl contenders in each conference that need a pass rusher,” Nalley was quoted as saying.

At 32, Schobel first discussed the possibility of retiring before the start of last season. Schobel said football was no longer fun to him, and he was growing frustrated with the Bills‘ failure to make the playoffs during his tenure.

Another factor was he was afraid of the toll another season would take on his body. He also wanted to spend more time with his family. Schobel began making that transition when he sold his Buffalo-home this spring and relocated to Texas.

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AP Sports Writer Chris Duncan in Houston contributed to this report.