Originally Posted by fidelioion
I believe this to be the case. Where's the downside? You let any candidate know that if he wants to fire Rex he can (if he can Woody agree on the replacement) In the meantime, the new GM may want to keep Rex -this keeps options open and potentially saves money if the GM wants to keep him.
That was not my interpretation of Woody's statement at all. He backed Rex as fully as one possibly could, I think it's a 100% certainty that Rex will be back next season. Woody could have given a statement such as "Rex is under contract at this time" and left the door open to the new GM having the authority to fire or keep Rex.