The Los Angeles Rams are the defending Super Bowl champions going into 2022.
They also have lost some players from their Super Bowl run to free agency.
But the biggest shocker for Rams fans is the trading of Robert Woods to the Tennessee Titans for a sixth-round pick.
Trade! The LA Rams have traded WR Robert Woods to the Tennessee Titans, per sources.
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) March 19, 2022
Woods had 45 receptions for 556 yards and four touchdowns last season with the Rams.
While Woods wasn’t the number one receiver in Los Angeles, he was a part that helped the team.
So why did the Rams decide to trade Woods in the first place?
Allen Robinson Signing Plays A Role In Woods Trade
The Rams would sign former Chicago Bears receiver Allen Robinson before making the trade with the Titans.
Robinson had standout years in Chicago, even without a top-tier quarterback passing him the ball.
Both Robinson and Woods had stats that didn’t reflect their past playing ability in 2021.
However, these stats were due to injuries that both players had during the 2021 season.
Robinson has the slight edge when comparing the two receivers with their best years in the league.
His best year of receptions would see him with 102 receptions for 1,250 yards in 2020.
While Robinson is a slightly better receiver, he can’t do what Woods did with the Rams.
Woods’ Biggest Role Was Being Used For The Jet Sweep
Woods numbers at receiver weren’t off by enough to warrant a signing of Robinson over him.
By making the replacement, the Rams are now without the player they used in the jet sweep over the years.
For three years, from 2018 to 2020, the Rams used Woods as a part of the jet sweep to help them fool defenses.
Woods would rush for over 100 yards each of those seasons using that span.
That makes Woods a dual-threat on offense, and a player defenses have to keep their eyes on at all times.
You gotta miss Robert Woods! An element of his game also faded away with his absence, the Jet Sweep/End Around. We have seen a sprinkle of it in the playoffs but I think the Rams would benefit greatly against a stout 49ers run defense to utilize it routinely again with their WRs pic.twitter.com/TLMgCfY8KQ
— RAMS ON FILM (@RamsOnFilm) January 29, 2022
Robinson can’t replicate this with the Rams.
He was never used for the jet sweep while in Chicago.
Something else made the Rams deal Woods to the Titans, even though he was a big part of their offense.
Financial Implications Forced The Trade Of Woods
The Rams already have Cooper Kupp and Robinson, both highly paid receivers.
Woods would account for $13.5 million in cap space against the Rams in 2022 if they kept him.
Can confirm the multiple reports that the Rams are trading WR Robert Woods to the Titans, per source.
Described to me as purely financial reasons. This one will be felt emotionally by many.
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) March 19, 2022
If the Rams decided to re-sign Beckham Jr., they would have four receivers making over $10 million each for 2022.
The team couldn’t afford that, so they opted to trade Woods for a draft pick and free up cap space.
The move might come back to bite them, as Woods’s contract for 2022 is less than the contract they gave to Robinson.
They also haven’t re-signed Beckham, which one can assume is the reason why they traded Woods in the first place.
If the Rams made a move to free up money to sign Beckham, they might have made the wrong move.
Woods is valuable in many ways.
Robinson and Beckham can never replace that value he brought to the team.