One of the most underrated moves of the offseason was the trade the Tennessee Titans made to acquire wide receiver Robert Woods from the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams.
Tennessee sent a 2023 sixth-round pick to Los Angeles for Woods. The Titans basically got Woods for nothing.
The former USC wide receiver is recovering from a torn ACL this offseason, but he’s just a few years removed from back-to-back seasons with more than 1,100 receiving yards. This was a low-risk/high-reward move by the Titans that could pay off in a big way.
Woods is originally from Southern California and he spent the last five seasons in Los Angeles after spending the first four seasons of his career with the Buffalo Bills. Those are two very environments in LA and Buffalo that Woods has experienced.
There’s not a lot to do in Buffalo compared to the glitz and glamor of Los Angeles. Woods was expecting the same “not-a-lot-to-do” vibe in Nashville, but he told reporters this week that he’s been pleasantly surprised since arriving in the Volunteer State earlier this offseason.
#Titans WR Robert Woods' impression of Nashville:— AtoZ Sports Nashville (@AtoZSports) June 1, 2022
“Nashville is way better than I expected. I thought I was going to a country town that didn’t have anything, but it has a lot to offer. I love experiencing a different culture from LA. I’ve been loving Nashville.”
“Nashville is way better than I expected,” said Woods. “I thought I was going to a country town that didn’t have anything, but it has a lot to offer. I love experiencing a different culture from LA. I’ve been loving Nashville.”
The Titans are increasingly becoming an attractive destination for free agents in part because of the city of Nashville. When you combine a “hot city” with a head coach in Mike Vrabel who is extremely popular among players, it gives the Titans an edge when it comes to landing key free agents. Money, of course, is still the main factor. But I think we’re going to see more and more players trying to find their way to Nashville to play for the Titans in the coming years.
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