With the recent addition of Allen Robinson, the hopes of brings back Odell Beckham Jr., and the emergence of Cooper Kupp as an elite receiver in the NFL, Robert Woods became a bit superfluous in the Rams’ wide receiver room. Well, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Los Angeles will be trading the veteran receiver to the Titans in exchange for a 2023 sixth-round pick.
Woods is a true professional who is well-rounded in his game. With decent speed, Woods can break down a defense with sharp route-running, will make defenders miss after the catch, and can catch most anything thrown in his direction. He’s an unselfish teammate and a dedicated blocker.
Woods started off in Buffalo after getting drafted in the second round out of USC. He returned to Southern California as a free agent and quickly became the Rams’ number one receiver. Woods was on a three-year stretch from 2018-2020, playing the best football of his career. In 2020, he fell 64 yards short of three-straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons, totaling 3,289 yards over that span. In 2021, despite the emergence of teammates Kupp and Van Jefferson, Woods was once again on track to top 1,000 yards receiving, averaging 61.8 yards per game nine games into the season.
Unfortunately, Woods’ 2021 season was cut short when he suffered a torn ACL in a November practice. Luckily for the Rams, the day before Woods’ injury, they had signed Beckham, who was able to make up for the production lost due to Woods’ absence.
The recovery from a major injury, combined with the fact that Woods turns 30 next month, likely factors into the price the Rams were able to receive in return. Another factor is likely that Woods’ cap hit was set to balloon over the next few years of his contract, barring a restructured deal. That responsibility will now be passed on to the Titans to make Woods’ cap hit more manageable.
The Titans released receiver Julio Jones after a one-and-done season, leaving a top returning trio of A.J. Brown, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, and Chester Rogers. They addressed the lackluster passing attack by signing former Falcons’ and Browns’ tight end Austin Hooper and the addition of Woods will give the Titans three strong weapons in the passing game.
47 comments on “Rams To Trade WR Robert Woods To Titans”
Terrible return for LA
A 30 year old slightly above avg receiver coming off a major injury? They are lucky they got anything
He’s more than slightly above average all around and he’s making several million less than Christian &@$#ing Kirk. He’s worth more than a sixth (which isn’t saying much).
He’s had one very good year and one good year the rest were avg to above avg and using the worst contract in NFL history as an example is silly and even if I agreed with you about being better than above avg hes still 30 coming off a major injury.
Matt your takes are almost as bad as your user name
Ok you really got me there. If my takes are so bad why is it that the NFL teams seem to agree on his value considering he only returned a 6th rounder? He’s 30 with
two thousand yard seasons the rest were mostly 500-700 also he hasnt ever been a major scoring threat.
The NFL undervalues possession receivers. A 25-year old Jarvis Landry with stats relatively similar to Woods’ first four seasons with the Rams was traded to the Browns for a 4th and 7th rounder, while a 29-yo Woods was traded for a 6th rounder. The difference in age and injury status accounts for the difference in value, as Landry’s TD’s in Miami and Woods’ ypc with the Rams’ pretty much cancel each other out.
He’s been the #1 or #2 most targeted wide receiver on one of the best offenses in the league for the last five years. He hasn’t had a PFF season grade below 70 since his third year in the league, his average PFF season grade the last six years has been 77.93, and ir was a well above average 75.7 in 2021. And the Rams have won over 69.1% of the games he’s played in vs. 61.5% of the ones he’s missed.
Yes, he’s almost 30 and coming off of a major injury and has a top 20 WR contract. If he could turn himself into a serious red zone threat like Adam Thielen has, he may yet still justify his contract and make this trade a huge win for the Titans.
The contract and mainly the injury are the biggest reasons why the return is low. If he ended the year healthy, I don’t doubt that they could’ve gotten like a 3rd or 4th rounder for him. He’s not flashy and doesn’t put up the eye-popping numbers, but he’s the type of receiver I think almost every team would want.
They got a 6th AND $13.5mm, which they obviously weren’t going to pay their 4th WR.
Think of it like they traded Robert Woods and $2mm per year for Allen Robinson and a 6th round pick, and it makes a lot more sense.
On its face, yes, but that’s purely a result of how Woods’ season ended. The Rams were likely wanting to release him as is, so Tennessee essentially paid a price for getting first dibs. I would think that Woods is worth more than that, but let’s remember that he’ll be rehabbing all summer and may, at age 30, lose something when returning from an ACL injury. I think that this is a great move for Tennessee, and even though L.A. didn’t get much in return, I understand why the price was low.
I don’t know whether they would gotten a compensatory pick for Woods if he were signed by Tennessee, though, ala Von Miller. The ranking of the pick would depend on some part on Woods’ snaps and contract for the formula I believe, but I would both to net a higher or at least equivalent pick to the sixth. Maybe someone who knows more can clear that up.
As I understand it, if Woods had been cut by the Rams, they would not have been eligible for a compensatory pick for him. Comp picks for players, as opposed to those for coaches and front office personnel, are only awarded to teams when the player’s contract has expired and he is a free agent, not when their old team has cut him.
Okay, got it. I missed that in my evaluation. Thanks, cka2nd, for pointing that out for me.
Sure. No problem.
Might be the best blocking receiver in the game. Clockwork consistent producer. Wild they couldn’t get more than THAT.
Lazard is probably a better blocker, but Woods is much better all around
yes Lazard is a better blocker even on tape
The Rams didn’t have a lot of leverage. He was expected to be a cap casualty, and now they have got to pay Stafford. Packers had a similar issue.
It’s partly a concession to agree to taking on the contract – as he’s not a $16.5 million/year receiver.
Unless they refused to deal him in the NFC, I have no idea why Green Bay wouldn’t offer more than a 6th for him
Agreed. I was hoping GB would grab him since he seems to do all the things they love with receiver motion and blocking
Julio Jones would be even better pick up for GB.
No way. I think Julio’s days as a legit threat at behind him and he’s extremely injury prone (yes, I realize Woods is currently injured)
When Julio can manage to stay healthy.
Bc his salary
Wish the pats had offered the 5th from the Bucs that we got for Mason to make that trade seem more reasonable
Great addition for the pick, but now need to make room for the $$.
Would be a totally great move for the Titans, if they had a guy capable of throwing the ball to him.. Bad trade for LA tho. He’s so much better than OBJ. And that compensation is not worth the amount of talent given up
Yeah, maybe they can bring in a quarterback on the cheap from another organization who ends up throwing over thirty touchdowns in a shortened season.
Tannehill has done pretty well stabilizing the quarterback back position in Tennessee, and has mostly played well. You can reasonably expect a top ten performance next year, or at least in the upper half of the league, especially if the receivers manage to stay healthy during the season.
Titans need to upgrade from Tannehill.
Yes he had a very solid 2019 but last year he threw 21-14 TDs to INTs and in the playoff game against the Bengals threw 1 TD and 3 INTs amd they ended up losing by 3 points.
I understand he not bad but he’s also not good enough if you want to actually achieve something. He’s like Jimmy G and he got the niners to the super bowl and now they have Trey Lance.
He also didn’t have a healthy biggest weapons. AJ Brown missed 4 games and was mostly doubled the other times, Julio missed 7, Henry missed 9. Kinda hard to be any good when half the time you have to throw to Chester Rodgers, Westbrook-Ikhine, Jeff Swaim and Anthony Firkser 150 times.
I understand your ping and agree but I mean when the going gets tough and you need your QB to step up and take over I don’t see that in Tannehill.
NFL playoffs are often won by good defences and great QBs. Derrick Henry will run the ball all day and all night but what happens when you play the Rams and he can’t get any metres and need your QB to step up.
The same reason why the niners are moving off Jimmy G. They play a run heavy style offence, have a great defence and when they couldn’t make the metres on the ground Jimmy G just couldn’t get them the W and now they have Trey Lance.
Ryan and the Titans will never win a SB together.
*yards. NFL does not use ‘metres’.
Simmons… Looks like they’re making a damn good run at it.
The Jags will pay Christian Kirk 80 million dollars but not a single team could be bothered to give a 5th rounder for Robert Woods?
Told ya in the last Woods thread it would be a 4th or 5th at most.
Some a ya’all thinking he was gonna bring back a 1st or 2nd. Good grief.
Once Rams signaled their intention to re-sign Beckham and signed Robinson their negotiating leverage was nil. Dumping Woods’ contract — goal achieved.
Tannehill is overpaid, but he’s not awful. The OC is awful, and couple that with the injuries to the O-Line, Receivers,& Henry…. and piss poor TE play????
The Titans brought in Kelly to help fix the offense. If everyone stays healthy and AJ plays big for a contract then Tannehill could thrive again.
However, Woods is coming back from injury at 30. A #2 should be ready to go, not a wait & see. Can’t fix this in the draft either.
Woods got screwed. Went home to LA. Hate to say it, but karma for leaving Buffalo and Tannenhill won’t help him.
Why would it be karma for leaving Buffalo and going back home to LA? The bills were trash when he left
Trash is a strong word… one I would use to describe the browns the last 20 years. The bills were ehh, not good
He just got a SB ring. You crazy?
Another perfect example of Packer’s front office stubbornness. If they supposedly knew Adams wasn’t coming back for some time before the actual trade. They should have been all over Robinson, Landry, or ??, etc. Or low-cost equity options like Woods.