The Tennessee Titans released veteran wide receiver Robert Woods on Wednesday, according to multiple reports. The cap-crunched Titans cleared approximately $12 million in cap space by releasing Woods, per Spotrac. Woods is now free to sign with another team of his choosing.
Woods led all Titans receivers in receptions (53) and receiving yards (527) in 2022, but his declining play and advancing age make him more of a complementary pass-catcher moving forward. Woods’ release provides him with a head-start on locating his next suitor before free agency officially opens in mid-March. We’ve identified three potential landing spots for Robert Woods’ services.
The Cowboys are currently $7.6 million above the 2023 cap but can create an abundance of wiggle room with some straightforward moves. Designating Ezekiel Elliott as a post-June release would create $10.9 million in cap space. Extending Dak Prescott’s contract could create up to $22 million in additional space. Releasing veteran tackle Tyron Smith would free up between $9.5 and $13.6 million depending on the timing (pre-or-post June). The Cowboys will create enough financial wiggle room to be mid-level players in free agency.
Dallas’ 2022 offense missed the presence of Amari Cooper. The Cowboys must find a more appropriate receiver to play second fiddle to CeeDee Lamb in 2023. The Cowboys lacked alternative options in the passing game. Dallas averaged 62.6 fewer passing yards in 2022 (219.8) than they did in 2021 (282.4) as a result. Lamb’s presence would place Woods in advantageous positions. That’s a benefit Woods didn’t possess in Tennessee’s lackluster receiver room.
New Cardinals general manager Monti Ossenfort is being tasked with trading veteran wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins this summer. A.J. Green also announced his retirement and won’t return to the Cardinals in 2023. Arizona’s wide receiver room currently appears to be spearheaded by Marquise Brown, Rondale Moore, and Robbie Anderson. Better depth is required.
The Cardinals currently have $13.5 million in cap space and will free up a significant chunk by trading Hopkins. Ossenfort joined the Cardinals from the Tennessee Titans, where he spent the previous three campaigns (2020-22) as their director of player personnel. Ossenfort played a role in bringing Woods to Tennessee and may view the veteran pass-catcher as a worthy addition to his Cardinals.
Falcons head coach Arthur Smith didn’t coach Woods in Tennessee, but he’s running a similar offensive system that Woods operated in between his time with the Titans and Los Angeles Rams (2017-21). The Falcons, Titans, and Rams all run a variation of the zone-based offense made famous by Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay. It makes Woods an easy fit in Atlanta.
The Falcons also possess $51.2 million in cap space after suffering through some cap-related limitations in 2021 and 2022. Only the Chicago Bears have more cap space ($97.7 million) than Atlanta does. Wide receiver happens to require an upgrade as the Falcons are expected to search for veteran complements to Kyle Pitts and Drake London. Woods is also an excellent run blocker, which is crucial to the overall success of Smith’s offense.
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