The Buffalo Bills experienced some putrid center play during the decade of 2000 to 2009. For the second half of their playoff drought, one player stabilized the position, establishing himself as a starter until the drought ended in 2017. Can anyone else unseat Eric Wood as the All-Drought team’s center?
Teague was a seventh-round pick by the Broncos in 1999. He signed with Buffalo as a free agent in 2002, becoming the starting center during the Drew Bledsoe years. He started 60 games over four seasons for the Bills before retiring after 2005. The offensive production didn’t particularly stand out during his time, but Teague was still worlds better than Melvin Fowler and Duke Preston, the guys who replaced him.
After three seasons of dreadful blocking at the pivot, the Bills signed Hangartner as a free agent from the Carolina Panthers, turning him into a full-time starter. While he only played two seasons for Buffalo, starting 28 games at the time, he was extremely valuable as a stabilizing force who helped prepare two young linemen for success on Buffalo’s offensive line.
Wood was a first-round pick of the Bills by way of the Jason Peters trade in 2009. He retired after the team ended their playoff drought in 2017, having started 120 games for Buffalo over his nine-year career. Wood began his career at right guard, switching to center as the Bills gained confidence in his blocking and mental readiness. Wood occasionally dealt with injuries, missing games in five of his nine seasons, but never allowed them to diminish his effectiveness when he was on the field. He made the Pro Bowl in 2015, and probably finishes his career as the second-best center in Bills history behind Kent Hull.
Voting time! Did either Teague or Hangartner make a case to unseat Wood as Buffalo’s All-Drought center? To finish the week on Friday, we’ll look for the best right guard from Buffalo’s drought era.
Who was the best center of the Buffalo Bills playoff drought?
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