Veteran wide receiver Robert Woods’ time with the Tennessee Titans didn’t last nearly as long as the two parties hoped.
The Titans released Woods on Wednesday after just one year with the franchise, a source confirmed to The Tennessean, terminating his contract with three years remaining. The Titans traded a sixth-round pick for Woods last March, but Woods was only able to catch 53 passes for 527 yards and two touchdowns in his lone season with the Titans as injuries, trades and inconsistent play calling made it tough for any receiver to put up big numbers for the Titans in 2022.
By releasing Woods, the Titans will save more than $12 million against the salary cap this offseason.
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Woods led the Titans in both receptions and receiving yards in 2022 but ranked 71st and 77th in the NFL in those categories, showing just how limited the Titans’ passing attack was relative to the rest of the league. The Titans traded All-Pro receiver A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles one month after trading for Woods, and Brown’s replacement − first round pick Treylon Burks − missed six games because of a foot injury and a concussion.
Before coming to the Titans, Woods spent five seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and four seasons with the Buffalo Bills. Woods will turn 31 years old in April.
Without Burks, the Titans only return Burks, fellow 2022 rookie Kyle Philips and third-year veteran Racey McMath from its receiving corps. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, who led all Titans wideouts with three touchdowns in 2022, is a restricted free agent for 2023.
Nick Suss is the Titans beat writer for The Tennessean. Contact Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicksuss.