Just as he was preparing to enter his “contract” year at the end of his rookie deal, Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood has inked a long-term deal to stay in upstate New York.
According to a team release, Wood signed a long-term deal on Friday, and while terms weren’t specifically disclosed, it is likely a highly-paid deal for the emerging star. In an interview with BuffaloBills.com, Wood had this to say after signing the contract:
“It feels great, I’m excited to be a part of this organization moving forward. I couldn’t be happier to be here and get it done now. Now the focus is New England.”
Wood was supposed to earn $2.3 million this season as part of his original agreement, but it is believed that this new deal will include a higher base for this season as well as the successive years. The 27-year-old has emerged as one of the best centers in all of football during his four seasons in Buffalo, and with the Bills drafting EJ Manuel in the 1st round, they should have their “batterY” of the future.
There are some long-term concerns about Wood’s health, as he already missed time with an ACL injury. However, a high-level center can do wonders for any offensive line, and the Bills are hoping that he’ll be their anchor for years to come.