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(This is the second of a three-part series on the Bills' salary cap heading into the 2018 free-agency season.) One look at the top seven players on the Buffalo Bills' salary table shows why the team still is a ways from title contention. The top two – quarterback Tyrod Taylor and left tackle Cordy Glenn — surely aren't part of the long-term future of the team, regard…

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Bills center Eric Wood described his future as "on the wait and see" in his first public comments since his brief press conference two weeks ago. Wood, a University of Louisville alum, attended the Cardinals' basketball game against Georgia Tech and was interviewed for the crowd by the arena in-game host with his daughter in his arms. "I feel good," Wood said. "At th…

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For all of the clamoring for the Buffalo Bills to select a quarterback in the first round of April’s NFL Draft, there are strong cases to be made at other positions. One that could be deemed as being every bit as obvious as the man behind center is the center, himself, especially in the wake of Eric Wood’s career-ending neck injury. If the Bills go that route, the na…

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There is no doubt that it is a new era for the Buffalo Bills. In the month that has passed since the team was eliminated from the postseason, General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott have continued to overhaul the organization, from the training staff to the coaching staff and, even an entire department that was created under the old front office structure…

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Jim Kelly says Eric Wood will be “sorely missed so badly” by the Bills and the Buffalo community. Wood has suffered a career-ending neck injury and is on the verge of retirement, although he and the Bills are still working on the contractual language and salary cap implications. Kelly told Jim Rome on Thursday at the Super Bowl that Wood belongs on the Bills Wall of …

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Former Buffalo Bills tackle Will Wolford put the end to Eric Wood's playing career in perspective Monday at One Bills Drive. Wolford, a star of the Bills' Super Bowl era and a 13-year NFL veteran, has spent the past nine years with the financial services firm Morgan Stanley and serves as Wood's financial adviser. "I told him there's a number of different ways you can…

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Ryan Fitzpatrick shared a funny story Monday about Eric Wood and their time together with the Bills. It goes back to the 2011 season, when the Bills won their first three games before playing the Bengals in Cincinnati. Wood was playing his first NFL before family and friends in his hometown. "He was jacked," Fitzpatrick said. "We're coming out of the tunnel, and he lead…

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The stage was set for a formal retirement announcement by Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood. Current and former teammates, family, friends, several members of the Western New York media and a slew of team employees gathered inside the ADPRO Sports Training Center on Monday for a press conference that was to feature Wood, coach Sean McDermott and General Manager Brandon Bea…

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Tom McCrea answered his phone Friday as soon as he recognized the identity of the caller. It was Flora Pasquale, his godmother, a woman who became close friends with Tom's family decades ago, when the McCreas lived across the street from Flora in South Buffalo. "Tom," Flora said, with concern. "Is that our Eric?" She was talking about news reports concerning Buffalo …

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Buffalo Bills fans have donated more than $30,000 to the Eric Wood Fund for Children's Hospital of Buffalo Foundation since Friday, a spokesman said Sunday. The donations poured in after Wood announced that he was diagnosed with career-ending neck surgery. Most of the donations are in $70 increments to represent Wood's uniform number. The organization's annual goal is $…

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Eric Wood revealed Friday that he was diagnosed with a neck injury as part of his season-ending physical with the Buffalo Bills. Physicians informed the nine-year veteran center that he would no longer be cleared to play football, even with surgery and treatment. Monday, Wood is scheduled to hold a news conference during which he's expected to announce his retirement from …

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It become a running joke during the season. Week after week, News Senior Sports Columnist Jerry Sullivan and I were asked in our respective mailbags why Ryan Groy wasn’t being given a chance to crack the starting lineup for the Buffalo Bills. We got the question so much, we ran out of ways to answer it. Groy’s seven-game stint as a starter for the Bills in 2016 clear…

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TAMPA, Fla. — Eric Wood has become quite a hockey fan during his years in Buffalo, a regular at KeyBank Center who has interacted with several Sabres. So Friday's news of his sudden forced retirement due to a degenerative neck condition hit Sabres star Jack Eichel hard when he saw it on Twitter during his travels here. "It's really unfortunate," Eichel said Saturday at …

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Bills center Eric Wood was hoping to make his farewell from football at Sunday's Pro Bowl, two league sources told the News on Friday. Wood held off the announcement about his future in case he got the call, the sources said. Wood said last week that he would have gone to the Pro Bowl had Maurkice Pouncey of the Steelers decided not to play. Wood was named a Pro Bowl…

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Following the generosity of Bills fans to the Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation, the Bills Mafia has begun making $70 donations in honor of Eric Wood to the Children's Hospital of Buffalo Foundation and the Eric Wood Fund. Wood is being forced to retire with a neck injury. Donations are being made via this link. Wood, through his own Eric Wood Fund, partnered with…