Summer of discontent for AFC East stars

With all sorts of grumblings these days in the AFC East, I bring you a rundown of confusion and discontent.

Buffalo Bills pass-rusher Aaron Schobel told the Buffalo News he's headed toward retirement, but made a peculiar statement in the process.

"At this point I don't think I'm going to play," Schobel said. "I'm not ready to say I'm retiring, but it's in the Bills' hands."

What's in the Bills' hands? A trade? It can't be a new contract because the two-time Pro Bowler still has four years left on the $50.5 million extension he signed before the 2007 season.

Schobel also told the Associated Press, "I'm leaning toward not playing, but I don't want to make a decision and then change my mind. For the Bills, I'd just tell them to go on without me."

Yes, they should. Schobel already has missed valuable time learning what would be a new position. The Bills are switching from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4, moving Schobel from a defensive end with his hand on the ground to an outside linebacker in a two-point stance.

Sounds like Schobel, a Texan who recently sold his house in the Buffalo area, would keep playing if he didn't have to do it for the Bills.

Meanwhile, there are contract updates for a couple of New York Jets stars.

All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis has rejected the Jets' latest contract offer but will attend next week's mandatory minicamp.

All-Pro center Nick Mangold, however, says he's not sure if he'll report next week without progress on a new contract.

"We'll put it at 50-50. You never know," Mangold said. "Got to get through the weekend and make out decision on Sunday."

Also on Thursday, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft spoke about contract extension talks with quarterback Tom Brady.

"I'm privileged to have a pretty special relationship with him," Kraft said on Sirius NFL Radio. "I think he knows how I feel about him. I think we both want to solve the problem, or the issue. I don't know that it's a problem. It’s complicated."