Woods agreed Thursday to restructure his contract for the 2018 season, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
The wideout will convert approximately $4.7 million of salary into a bonus, thereby allowing the Rams to free up cap space. Offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth also agreed to restructure his deal in a similar fashion, which should help the Rams' efforts to reach a long-term extension with star defensive lineman Aaron Donald, who has been holding out all summer. Woods enjoyed a career season in 2017 while serving as quarterback Jared Goff's go-to target, finishing with 56 receptions for 781 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games. The 26-year-old's production could take a hit during the upcoming campaign, however, after the Rams replaced downfield threat Sammy Watkins with Brandin Cooks, who has turned in three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
The Rams went worst-to-first in scoring from 2016 to 2017, and Woods believes the offense can be even better after another full offseason working with Jared Goff. The 26-year-old unexpectedly emerged as Goff's top option last year, catching 47 of 70 targets for 703 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games before a shoulder injury limited his late-season impact. Woods bounced back with nine catches for 142 yards in a playoff loss to the Falcons, and he's subsequently been healthy throughout the offseason. Brandin Cooks figures to get more looks than Sammy Watkins did, but it won't come as a total surprise if Woods challenges for the team lead in targets. Cooper Kupp and Todd Gurley are also viable candidates for triple-digit targets, considering tight ends accounted for only 17 percent of the team total last year.
Woods caught nine of 14 targets for 142 yards during Saturday's 26-13 loss to Atlanta in the wild-card round.
The California native and three-year standout at USC had his best professional season in 2017 with the Rams, and he also impressed in Saturday's unfortunate playoff loss. Woods became quarterback Jared Goff's primary target this season, as the fifth-year receiver recorded 56 receptions, 781 yards and five touchdowns through just 12 games. With Sammy Watkins headed for unrestricted free agency, there's potential for even more targets to be available for Woods next season. He owns the potential to be a PPR star with head coach Sean McVay having another year to fine-tune his offensive attack.
The Rams experienced life without Woods from Weeks 12 through 14 due to a shoulder injury, a span in which Jared Goff had two of his five lowest passing outputs of the season. Since returning to the lineup Week 15, he's logged 83 percent of the offensive snaps (114 of 137), putting up nine catches (on 15 targets) for 78 yards and one touchdown across two games. With the Rams locked into the No. 3 or 4 seed in the NFC playoffs, they won't test their luck with a number of key skill-position players, namely Todd Gurley, Goff, Woods, Sammy Watkins and Cooper Kupp (knee).
Woods was targeted eight times, but came up with just three catches for 33 yards in Sunday's 27-23 win over the Titans.
Woods was the odd man out in Los Angeles' passing game, as Cooper Kupp, Sammy Watkins and Todd Gurley (twice) all came up with receiving scores. His workload may be lightened next week with Los Angeles having already clinched the NFC West crown, but Woods' 44 catches for 595 yards and five touchdowns in his last eight games played suggest he's more than capable of making an impact at home against the 49ers.
|5||10/7/18||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ DEN||4:05 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ SF||8:20 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ NO||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 12|
|13||12/2/18||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||12||11||56||781||13.9||94||5||12||2||36|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||3||3||19||222||11.7||22||2||5||0||13|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||12||11||2||12||6.0||8||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||3||3||4||19||4.8||8||0||0||1|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||12||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||3||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||12||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||3||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||12||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||3||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2017||Los Angeles Rams||12||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|