Why Robert Woods Is a Massive Steal for the Tennessee Titans in the Crowded AFC

The Tennessee Titans finished the 2021 regular season with a 12-5 record, good for the AFC South title. Unfortunately, the team’s playoff run ended abruptly after a 19-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the Divisional Round. Now, the front office is re-tooling to prepare for the 2022 season. Adding Robert Woods is a massive step toward a deeper playoff run.

Woods has spent the past five seasons with the Los Angeles Rams after playing his first four years with the Buffalo Bills. Now, the USC product heads to Tennessee after a surprising trade. While the move gives the veteran wide receiver a fresh start, it provides Mike Vrabel’s squad another playmaker on offense.

The Rams traded Robert Woods to the Titans

Rams WR Robert Woods runs away from Titans safety Kevin Byard
Robert Woods of the Los Angeles Rams in action against the Tennessee Titans | Harry How/Getty Images

Robert Woods is easily one of the most underrated wide receivers in the NFL today. Unfortunately, the Rams’ wide receiver room became crowded, and the team decided to go in a different direction.

According to NFL Network insiders Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport, the LA Rams agreed to trade Woods to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for a 2023 sixth-round pick.

Woods was having a solid 2021 season before tearing his ACL in practice ahead of LA’s Week 10 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.

The 29-year-old wideout signed a four-year, $65 million contract with the Rams in 2020. The Titans will take on that deal, and Woods will carry a $13.5 million salary-cap hit. Fortunately, he doesn’t have any dead money heading into the 2022 season.

Robert Woods now joins an intriguing offense that also features Derrick Henry and A.J. Brown.

Why the veteran wide receiver is a steal

If Robert Woods didn’t suffer a significant knee injury during the 2021 season, there’s no way the Titans could’ve offered a sixth-round to the Rams for him.

Woods has been a super-productive and reliable player throughout his career. He has recorded 570 receptions for 7,077 receiving yards and 35 touchdowns. For Tennessee to only give up a sixth-rounder to land him, that’s a massive steal.

Mike Vrabel and company were in desperate need of another offensive playmaker. The team just released Julio Jones after a disappointing season. Woods projects as the No. 2 wide receiver alongside A.J. Brown. He was a do-it-all weapon for the Rams and could play a similar role in Tennessee.

The Titans offense wasn’t the same without Derrick Henry in the lineup for the second half of the 2021 season. However, it usually operates like a well-oiled machine when at full strength. Woods is a legitimate playmaker who will force defenses to play honestly.

Beyond his on-field production, Robert Woods is the ultimate team player and professional.

“Robert Woods is the LA Rams,” Matthew Stafford said per ESPN. “When I think about him, I think about the toughness. I think about the attention to detail. I think about unselfishness. And I think about all of the things that we talk about as a team that we want to be. That’s bottled up into one person.”

How does Tennessee stack up in the AFC?

It’s been a wild and crazy offseason in the NFL. The AFC is loading up, and several teams have improved significantly since the free agency period opened.

The Denver Broncos traded for Russell Wilson and signed Randy Gregory in free agency. The Las Vegas Raiders traded for Davante Adams. Khalil Mack and J.C. Jackson were huge additions to the LA Chargers defense. Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs just signed free-agent receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. The AFC West could be the best division in football.

The Buffalo Bills paid a hefty price to lure Von Miller to town, while the Cleveland Browns acquired Deshaun Watson and Amari Cooper.

Teams are making big splashes, and the Titans could get left in the dust. Making it out of the conference won’t be an easy task for anybody, but adding Robert Woods could pay huge dividends for Tennessee.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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