Report: Contract bonus the reason for Wood confusion
By: Nick Wojton
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Monday didn’t go according to plan, and there might be a reason why.
On Friday, knowledge about Eric Wood’s career-ending neck surgery leaked causing Wood and the Buffalo Buffalo organization to hold a retirement ceremony on Monday in Orchard Park.
Friends, family, and members of the media were gathered at the team’s training facility but had to wait for nearly an hour longer than expected. Festivities were scheduled for a 1 p.m. start but didn’t begin until near 2 p.m.
According to the Associated Press, Wood and the Bills are having some disagreements about a contract bonus.
In August, Wood signed a two-year extension and team’s are allowed to request a portion back if the player retires before it’s over. Per the AP, there is a “gray” area if retirement is forced because of a career-ending injury.
Following the press conference, general manager Brandon Beane spoke to members of the media, as did head coach Sean McDermott. Wood only made a statement lasting 86 seconds in length and did not answer questions.