Tuesday August 16th, 2022 11:51PM

Woods sees Titans as best chance at back-to-back Super Bowls

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Robert Woods heard from Rams coach Sean McVay shortly after the reigning Super Bowl champs agreed to a deal with Allen Robinson. Given a chance to pick a new team, the receiver nicknamed “Bobby Trees” saw the Tennessee Titans as the best fit in more than one way.

“Winning the Super Bowl and not being able to play and then joining the organization that's right there, could've been there last (season), my goal is to win it back to back,” Woods said Wednesday.

The Titans announced the trade Wednesday, acquiring Woods for a sixth-round pick in the 2023 draft. The deal became final once Tennessee cleared some much-needed space under the salary cap. They also announced they signed back linebacker Dylan Cole to a one-year deal.

Woods became expendable despite signing a four-year, $65 million contract extension with Los Angeles in September 2020.

Rams general manager Les Snead said Tuesday that edge rusher Von Miller going to Buffalo freed up money to sign Robinson. That meant Los Angeles had to part ways with Woods, a beloved leader in the Rams’ locker room and a popular player among fans, especially fellow native Angelenos.

“We wouldn’t have had the success we’ve had since ’17 without Rob,” Snead said. “There are variables involved when you move on from a pillar player like Rob. Cap situation is one, diversity of skill set being another.”

Woods started talking to former teammates including left guard Rodger Saffold, released two weeks ago by the Titans; receiver Josh Reynolds, now in Detroit; and defensive lineman Antwaun Woods. He wanted to know about Tennessee's culture, locker room and staff, led by AP NFL Coach of the Year Mike Vrabel.

The receiver also liked what he saw from the Titans' roster, including 2020 AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year Derrick Henry, quarterback Ryan Tannehill and wide receiver A.J. Brown, a Pro Bowler in 2020. Woods is known as a strong blocker in the run game, and the Titans ranked fifth in rushing offense.

“Obviously want to be a physical team. They are that," Woods said. “You have a physical running back, you have a physical receiver — two of them now — and being able to just set the tone throughout the game. It’s a long season.”

Woods is recovering from a torn left ACL suffered in practice, the first significant injury of his career. The 6-foot, 195-pound receiver says he had a clean tear on Nov. 12 in practice. Asked about a timetable for his return, Woods said he was told not to share that.

“Right on track, getting strong and getting my strength,” Woods said. "And when the team is ready for me to be out there, I’ll be ready to go.”

After spending four seasons in Buffalo, Woods became a two-time captain with the Rams. He was one of four key figures acquired by the Rams in a four-month period in early 2017 that become cornerstones of the team's five straight winning seasons.

Woods had 367 catches for 4,626 yards and 23 TDs in 68 games with the Rams. He ranked fifth in the NFL since 2017 among wide receivers with 1,992 yards after the catch.

He also ran for 485 yards, and his five rushing touchdowns tied Curtis Samuel for second behind Deebo Samuel (11). Woods joined only Emmanuel Sanders and DeAndre Hopkins with at least 40 catches and 500 yards receiving in each of the last nine seasons. He has played 14 100-yard games.

Woods helps Tennessee replace seven-time Pro Bowl receiver Julio Jones, who was released last week.

This is the Titans' second move addressing the offense after signing a two-time Pro Bowl tight end in Austin Hooper. Tennessee has guaranteed an estimated $71 million in contracts in free agency in this league year and had an estimated $5.2 million in salary cap space Wednesday, according to


AP Sports Writer Greg Beacham in Los Angeles contributed to this report.


More AP NFL: and and

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Football, AP Sports - NFL
© Copyright 2022
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Albright fled the Nazis, climbed to the summit of diplomacy
Madeleine Albright fled the Nazis as a child and climbed to the summit of diplomacy and foreign policy in the United States
4:47PM ( 48 seconds ago )
Idaho governor signs abortion ban modeled on Texas law
Idaho has become the first state to enact a law modeled after a Texas law banning abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy by allowing lawsuits to avoid constitutional court challenges
4:41PM ( 6 minutes ago )
Biden seeks new sanctions, help for Ukrainians in Europe
As war rages on in Ukraine, President Joe Biden will huddle with key allies in Europe this week
4:39PM ( 8 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Russia-Ukraine war: Key things to know about the conflict
One month into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, fire rained down on a shopping mall and high-rise buildings in Kyiv, as the outnumbered Ukrainian military waged intense battles to defend the capital and other key cities from falling under Russian control
4:00PM ( 47 minutes ago )
AP source: Chiefs send Hill to Dolphins for draft picks
A person familiar with the moves says the Chiefs have traded wide receiver Tyreek Hill to Miami for a package of draft picks and the Dolphins are giving the three-time All-Pro a $120 million, four-year contract extension
4:00PM ( 48 minutes ago )
Live updates: Spieth gets through opener at Match Play
All that mattered to Jordan Spieth was that he won his opening match against Keegan Bradley in the Dell Technologies Match Play
3:18PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
Sacked: Mayfield waits as Browns look to trade unwanted QB
Baker Mayfield was once the No. 1 overall pick
12:29PM ( 4 hours ago )
OL Terron Armstead says he's signing with Miami Dolphins
Terron Armstead has become the Miami Dolphins’ latest big free agent move, announcing that he’s joining the team after spending his first nine NFL seasons with the New Orleans Saints
9:03PM ( 19 hours ago )
Ryan eager for new start in Indy after 14 seasons in Atlanta
New Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan is ready for a change
4:55PM ( 23 hours ago )
AP Online Football
Stafford gets contract extension through 2026 with Rams
Quarterback Matthew Stafford has agreed to a four-year contract extension through 2026 with the Los Angeles Rams after winning the Super Bowl in his first season with the team
4:47PM ( 4 days ago )
Texans look to move on and rebuild in wake of Watson trade
The Houston Texans look to move on in the wake of Friday’s trade of quarterback Deshaun Watson to the Cleveland Browns, hoping the three first-round picks they received in the deal will help them improve a team that has been among the league’s worst the past two seasons
3:30PM ( 4 days ago )
Longtime NFL journalist John Clayton dies at age 67
Longtime NFL journalist John Clayton died Friday following a short illness
12:59AM ( 4 days ago )
AP Sports - NFL
Idaho governor signs abortion ban modeled on Texas law
Idaho has become the first state to enact a law modeled after a Texas law banning abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy by allowing lawsuits to avoid constitutional court challenges
4:41PM ( 6 minutes ago )
Witness: Whitmer kidnapping aimed at stopping Biden win
A man who pleaded guilty to planning a kidnapping of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says he and his allies wanted to act before the 2020 election to prevent Joe Biden from winning the presidency
4:36PM ( 12 minutes ago )
Louisiana digging out after tornadoes plow through homes
Louisiana National Guardsmen and other responders went door-to-door in some areas around New Orleans as the region dug out from overnight tornadoes
4:34PM ( 13 minutes ago )
NATO: 7,000 to 15,000 Russian troops dead in Ukraine
NATO is estimating that 7,000 to 15,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in a month of fighting in Ukraine
4:34PM ( 13 minutes ago )
Mathurin says he has tried to apologize to TCU dancer
Arizona guard Bennedict Mathurin says he has attempted to apologize to a TCU dance team member after a video that showed the Pac-12 player of the year possibly making contact with her after the Wildcats’ second-round victory
4:31PM ( 16 minutes ago )