The Buffalo Bills took care of one of their biggest pieces of business for this coming offseason by signing center Eric Wood to a multi-year contract extension. It was important to retain Wood a year after losing guard Andy Levitre to free agency last offseason. The Bills took Wood with the 28th pick in the first round back in the 2009 NFL draft. He was penciled into the starting lineup as right guard right away for the Bills. However, he has yet to play a full season as a pro. He was placed on IR after 10 games in his rookie season when he broke a bone in his leg against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He came back and played 14 games at RG in 2010. He was switched to his old college position of center before the 2011 season but wound up back on IR after nine games when he tore his ACL trying to make a tackle on an interception against the Dallas Cowboys. He bounced back from his ACL surgery last year and played in 14 of the 16 games.
Wood plays at a high level when he is healthy and he is the leader of the offensive line. While Levitre may have been a more talented player Wood brings a lot more to the table. He calls the plays for the offensive line and a good veteran center can be a tremendous asset to a rookie quarterback like EJ Manuel. Wood was an important piece for the Bills to take care of and now he will have the long-term security before he even plays a snap in his contract year. After a poor offseason of retaining players, it was important to strike quick with the next batch of expiring contracts and the Bills have done so by completing the Wood extension on the weekend before opening day.