Robert Woods is reportedly joining the Los Angeles Rams on a five-year deal after spending the last four years with the Buffalo Bills.
The wide receiver position was one of the top areas to focus on for the Los Angeles Rams entering the 2017 NFL free agency period, especially after losing Kenny Britt to the Cleveland Browns. Not long after the news broke surrounding the team improving their offensive line with Andrew Whitworth, the Rams reportedly landed an under-the-radar wide receiver in Robert Woods.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network indicates that Los Angeles has agreed to a five-year deal worth up to $39 million for Woods, with $15 million guaranteed. The receiving numbers may not be as impressive as some of the other players from this year’s free agency class, but as Rapoport points out, the Rams should be thrilled over what Woods brings to the table from a blocking perspective.
After spending his college days playing at USC, Woods must be thrilled over the opportunity to return to California by striking this deal with Los Angeles, but now the pressure is on the wideout to prove he’s worth the money. Keep in mind Woods only caught 12 touchdowns over the last four seasons as a member of the Buffalo Bills and has a career high of 699 receiving yards, which came during the 2014 season.
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Hopefully, the decision to bring Woods on board turns out to be a risk that pays off for an offense that is in desperate need of help at wide receiver when looking at all of the struggles behind Tavon Austin last year. Who knows, maybe a change of scenery with a new quarterback in Jared Goff is just what Woods needs to finally begin living up to his true potential, and provide the Rams with a surprise steal in free agency.