Most of the Buffalo Bills in the locker room Monday morning learned of Kyle Orton's decision to retire when asked about it by media members.
Receiver Robert Woods, however, wasn't caught off guard by the announcement.
"I mean, the past couple weeks, he would just say, this was his last year or whatever, just not knowing what his future was," Woods said. "He did bring it up. Doesn't surprise me. I wouldn't say I expected it, but it doesn't surprise me."
Earlier in the morning, a crowd of reporters had gathered around Orton's locker. The quarterback came to his stall, retrieved a money clip, then told reporters he'd return to address them later. That, of course, never happened. The quarterback elected to speak only to the Bills' official website to announce his retirement.
"Just happy for him, coming along with us on the Bills," Woods said. "Won some games for us, and really help this team. It was his last get around, but he really helped this team out. Helped our receivers, being so young, and getting all we can from him. Gained a lot of knowledge from him. Happy for him, we're thankful for him.
"I probably knew it was coming, just because he was an older player, but capable of playing. He'd talk about it here and there, just joking around, 'it's my last get around, guys.' That was about it."