The Houston Texans have signed Robert Woods to a two-year, $15.25 million deal, with $10 million guaranteed, sources confirmed to ESPN. The contract has a potential max value of $17 million. Woods was with the Tennessee Titans last season, catching 53 passes for 527 yards and two touchdowns. Woods is a 10-year NFL veteran who has played for the Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams and Titans, and has 623 catches for 7,604 yards and 37 touchdowns in total. He has two seasons of more than 1,000 receiving yards, both coming with the Rams in 2018 and 2019.
The Texans’ acquisition of Woods indicates a potential replacement should they decide to move wide-receiver Brandin Cooks, who asked for a trade last season. Cooks finished the 2021 season with 669 receiving yards and would prefer to be traded, according to league sources. However, the team’s general manager, Nick Caserio, has noted that they are still in the process of building the team and will ultimately do what is best for the organization.
The potential trade of Cooks may be difficult due to his fully guaranteed salary of $18 million. The team’s coach, DeMeco Ryans, has previously held discussions with Cooks and has expressed his willingness to work with the wide-receiver. At the NFL scouting combine last week, Caserio stated that every player and individual situation will be assessed, and they will do what is best for the team and the organization in the long run.
The Woods signing marks a solid addition for the Texans, improving their depth in the wide-receiver position. Furthermore, Woods’ tenure as an NFL veteran can lend itself to leadership and helps provide guidance to the younger players on the team. As for Cooks, his trade discussions are likely to continue, and it remains to be seen which team could be interested in acquiring him given his salary.