Robert Woods Trade: Skip Bayless Brutally Insults Rams Front Office for ‘Big Mistake’

The Los Angeles Rams and Tennessee Titans combined to pull off quite the big trade over the weekend. The Rams dealt veteran WR Robert Woods to the Titans, solidifying Tennessee’s receiver room.

The Rams didn’t need Woods to win the Super Bowl this past season. However, this was still a significant trade. Woods was arguably the best veteran WR on the trade block these days, and the Rams gave him away for nothing more than a sixth-round pick.

After the trade, criticism of the deal for LA rained in from all different directions, including from Skip Bayless.

Skip Bayless crushes Rams front office for their Robert Woods trade

As shown in the above-pinned tweet, Bayless is not a fan of LA dumping Woods to Tennessee for practically nothing in return. He believes Woods is better than Allen Robinson — who the Rams just signed to a three-year deal — and better than Odell Beckham Jr., who is likely to return to the Rams this offseason following Woods’ departure.

Woods has been a vital part of LA’s offense since arriving on the team in 2017, so it’s understandable why Bayless feels so strongly about this trade. Across 68 career games with the Rams, Woods racked up 367 catches for 4,262 yards and 23 touchdowns. Before his season-ending injury this past year, he was the clear-cut No. 2 wide receiver in Los Angeles.

On the other hand, Allen Robinson is coming off an abysmal 2021 campaign, and Beckham Jr. is still rehabbing his own respective torn ACL. It’s not hard to argue that Woods is better than both of them.

Trading Robert Woods creates some much-needed cap space for LA

In a perfect world, the Rams would’ve been happy to roster Cooper Kupp, Woods, Robinson, and OBJ. However, with a massive Matthew Stafford extension looming over the team (which ended up being $40 million per season), the Rams front office needed to find a way to shed salary.

Much to the annoyance of Skip Bayless, Woods ended up being the guy on the chopping block. His $13.5 million cap hit in 2022 was too much for LA to justify, especially considering their end-of-year success with him out injured.

It’s an unfortunate situation for Woods. However, that’s the nature of the NFL.

What next for the Rams?

Former Rams WR Robert Woods.
Robert Woods | Bob Levey/Getty Images

As previously mentioned, the Rams haven’t actually re-signed Beckham Jr. yet. However, following the Woods trade, it’d make perfect sense for the front office to start intensifying communication with the veteran WR.

It’s unknown when OBJ will be back into playing shape. However, he’s a player worth gambling on. He made an immediate impact upon joining the Rams roster, formed a great connection with Stafford, and seemed happy to slide into that WR2 role behind Kupp.

Losing Woods hurts. However, the Rams front office has proven that they know when and how to be aggressive on the trade market and in free agency. They’ve earned the benefit of the doubt here, even more so coming off a Super Bowl win.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

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