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Buffalo Rumblings Feb 11, 2018
Eric Wood makes first public comments since awkward “retirement” press conference

Eric Wood makes first public comments since awkward “retirement” press conference

The Bills center spoke at the University of Louisville basketball game. Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood was in attendance at a Louisville Cardinals basketball game this weekend and spoke publicly for the first time since his awkward press conference (here’s our recap with the full video) on January 29th. He was supposed to announce his retirement and be honored by former teammates and friends but instead he spoke for about 90 seconds and took no questions. “I feel good,” the Louisville alum Wood said. “At this time, I’m still part of the Bills. I’m under contract and will do...
Buffalo Rumblings Feb 9, 2018
Dion Dawkins ready to replace Cordy Glenn if Buffalo Bills move on

Dion Dawkins ready to replace Cordy Glenn if Buffalo Bills move on

Just because he can, however, doesn’t mean that he should The Buffalo Bills have some problems on their offensive line. They just lost their center, Eric Wood, to retirement. Their right guard and right tackle, Vlad Ducasse and Jordan Mills, are very weak. The second-highest paid man on the team, left tackle Cordy Glenn, is set to eat up 9 percent of the 2018 salary cap, holding a $14.45 million cap number, while also coming off of a second season shortened due to an injury to his foot/ankle area. With Glenn’s injury history and his high cap number, it’s possible that the Bills will...
Buffalo Rumblings Feb 6, 2018
John Miller could step in for Richie Incognito if Buffalo Bills want to move on

John Miller could step in for Richie Incognito if Buffalo Bills want to move on

He can step in, but would he be a step up in play? The Buffalo Bills will be making some changes to their offensive line in 2018. Center Eric Wood retired, for all intents and purposes, after learning that he would no longer be cleared to play in the NFL due to a degenerative disc condition in his neck. Wood’s linemate, Richie Incognito, just made his third consecutive Pro Bowl; however, at 35 years old, his $7.575 million cap hit for 2018 could be viewed as too high for the Bills to handle. If the Bills were to move on from Incognito, they do have a potential successor on the roster in...
Buffalo Rumblings Feb 4, 2018
Bills Links, 2/4: More mock drafts for Super Sunday

Bills Links, 2/4: More mock drafts for Super Sunday

Mock drafts and roster analysis continue Today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills Links takes a closer look at some of the mock drafts that are available. Now that the season is coming to an end, the Bills Links will include a number of mock drafts each week. Joe Buscaglia continues his series evaluating the Bills roster, with a closer look at the offensive line. With the “retirement” of Eric Wood, and Cordy Glenn’s uncertain future in Buffalo, the offseason for the offensive line is worth monitoring. There are also updates on E.J. Gaines, Terrell Owens and much more. Lance Zierlein...
Buffalo Rumblings Jan 30, 2018
Bills Links, 1/30: An odd day for Eric Wood, Buffalo Bills

Bills Links, 1/30: An odd day for Eric Wood, Buffalo Bills

The Eric Wood press event was awkward at best On Monday afternoon the Buffalo Bills held an awkward and bizarre press event that was supposed to announce Eric Wood’s retirement. Instead, Wood read an 86-second statement, and never talked about retirement. There is likely to be much more to come out on this story, and check back with Buffalo Rumblings for all of the news and updates. AP source: Bills' Wood retirement on hold over bonus issue | Pro32: Head to HeadBuffalo Bills center Eric Wood addresses the media during a press conference announcing he has been diagnosed with a career...
Buffalo Rumblings Jan 29, 2018
Eric Wood’s retirement on hold as NFLPA, Buffalo Bills tussle over signing bonus money

Eric Wood’s retirement on hold as NFLPA, Buffalo Bills tussle over signing bonus money

This is a complete disaster. Monday was supposed to be a day filled with tears and memories as Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood announced he couldn’t play football anymore after being diagnosed with a neck injury. He would surely tell us what the medical problem was and answer question and get the send off he deserved. Nope. Instead we got a 90-second statement during a press conference that was delayed for 50 minutes before Wood left the stage. Now details are beginning to emerge as to why the press conference was a dud. “Center Eric Wood’s retirement is on hold over questions about...
Buffalo Rumblings Jan 29, 2018
Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood holds awkward press conference where he doesn’t retire

Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood holds awkward press conference where he doesn’t retire

This was really weird. Something was very strange about Eric Wood’s press conference today at One Bills Drive. Actually, a lot of it was really strange as the Buffalo Bills’ long-time center was set to announce his retirement with friends and family in attendance. It was supposed to be a “lovefest”. It was anything but. Here's about 95% of Eric Wood's retirement ceremony. Walked up and talked so quickly that I wasn't ready and setup yet. #Bills pic.twitter.com/YG1jiexZFl— Nick Wojton (@Nick_Wojton) January 29, 2018 It began 50 minutes late Bills players and the media were...
Buffalo Rumblings Jan 29, 2018
Eric Wood retirement press conference live chat

Eric Wood retirement press conference live chat

We’ll be discussing Wood’s career, his injury, and more today. Today, the Buffalo Bills and their fans will say goodbye to nine-year veteran and captain Eric Wood. Wood is being forced to retire due to a degenerative neck injury. Expected to join him at today’s press conference are head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane in addition to many current and former teammates. The press conference starts at 1 p.m. Eastern and will be carried on WGR radio in Buffalo, MSG television (where the John Murphy Show is simulcast), the team site, and Facebook. If we get the...
Buffalo Rumblings Jan 29, 2018
Buffalo Bills interior offensive line in a state of flux

Buffalo Bills interior offensive line in a state of flux

Eric Wood’s retirement opens a gaping hole on the offensive line If I had written this piece a week ago, it would have been quite boring. The Buffalo Bills interior offensive line, though aging, looked to be a group that had two-thirds of its starters set. However, the degenerative neck injury that forced Eric Wood to retire has opened up a tremendous hole in the middle of the offensive line. Buffalo will head into the 2018 NFL season in search of a new center for the first time since 2010, when Wood shifted to the pivot from right guard. Every interior offensive lineman employed by the...
Buffalo Rumblings Jan 27, 2018
Possible 2018 NFL Draft options to replace Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood

Possible 2018 NFL Draft options to replace Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood

There are several centers who could start for the team in Wood’s place News broke on Friday morning that longtime Buffalo Bills starting center Eric Wood had sustained career-ending damage to his neck. While Ryan Groy is under contract for the team, the coaching staff was reluctant to play him last season, and it’s possible they want a different answer. If they look to the draft for their next starter, here are some options for their board: Tier I Billy Price, Ohio StateFrank Ragnow, Arkansas Price is the headliner of this year’s class. He holds the school record for career starts,...
Buffalo Rumblings Jan 27, 2018
Free agent options to replace retiring Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood

Free agent options to replace retiring Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood

With Eric Wood retiring, the Bills will explore all avenues to find a new center On Friday, reports came through that longtime Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood suffered a career-ending neck injury. Wood’s absence will leave a hole in the offensive line that needs to be filled and Buffalo will search all avenues to find a new starting center. Center is a position most teams like to lock down for the long haul, so most of the available free-agent’s are career backups. That being said, here are some free-agent options to compete for the Bills starting center position in 2018. Evan Smith,...
Buffalo Rumblings Jan 27, 2018
Analysis: Is Ryan Groy the next man up for Buffalo Bills after Eric Wood retirement?

Analysis: Is Ryan Groy the next man up for Buffalo Bills after Eric Wood retirement?

With Eric Wood’s unexpected retirement announcement, (with a heavy heart) we take a look at the possible next man up Much of the Buffalo Bills’ fan base woke up Friday morning with thoughts of the approaching weekend set at the highest priority level. Before the morning coffee was completely finished we were faced with mysterious and ominous news. By now, you’ve probably heard that a concern with Eric Wood’s neck was discovered following the 2017 season which will force him into retirement. With fingers crossed, hands clasped in prayer, and other well wishes on their way to Eric, we...
Buffalo Rumblings Jan 27, 2018
Bills Links, 1/27: Eric Wood’s career comes to an end

Bills Links, 1/27: Eric Wood’s career comes to an end

The centerpiece of the Bills offensive line suffered a career-ending injury Eric Wood Forced To Retire The Buffalo Bills and fans of the team were shocked by the news on Friday that Eric Wood was forced to retire with a career-ending neck injury. Notes of support for Wood flooded social media, and a number of the responses are captured in the links below. In addition to the news on Wood, there is additional coverage from the Senior Bowl. The Bills reportedly met with Baker Mayfield for an extended period in Mobile, which should lead to plenty of speculation among fans. What Buffalo Bills...
Buffalo Rumblings Jan 26, 2018
Ripple effects plentiful for Buffalo Bills after the Eric Wood neck injury and retirement

Ripple effects plentiful for Buffalo Bills after the Eric Wood neck injury and retirement

Lots of things are going to happen now. When Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood announced his retirement Friday, it sent shock waves through the team’s fan base. At 31, we expected at least one or two more seasons in the red, white, and blue. Now that the shock is wearing off a bit, the ripple effects of the news are coming into focus. The team lost a good player First and foremost, Buffalo is going to need to replace Wood the player. Does the team trust Ryan Groy to step into this role? They essentially said he couldn’t play guard last year by not trying to start him even when Vlad...
Buffalo Rumblings Jan 26, 2018
Fans, media, current and former Buffalo Bills react to Eric Wood retirement

Fans, media, current and former Buffalo Bills react to Eric Wood retirement

Fans everywhere send their wishes to Wood. A player’s worst fear is suffering an injury that would put an end to their NFL career. Unfortunately, for center Eric Wood, that nightmare became a reality as everyone learned Friday morning. Wood, a nine-year player for the Buffalo Bills shared the news on what happened. I was diagnosed with a neck injury as part of my season-ending physical with the Bills. After consultation with Dr. Cappuccino and other physicians, I was informed that I was no longer cleared to play football, even with surgery or further treatment.— Eric Wood (@EWood70)...

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