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Robert Woods, Rams Agree to Reported 4-Year, $65M Contract Extension

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistSeptember 18, 2020

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
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Robert Woods agreed to a four-year, $65 million extension worth up to $68 million with the Los Angeles Rams on Friday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Per Lindsey Thiry of ESPN, Woods will receive $32 million guaranteed.

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

More details: Robert Woods gets $4.5M in new money in the two existing years. The first new year is at $13.5M, so Woods gets $18M in new money through 2022, source said. https://t.co/IwhfDhywfU

The Rams did not disclose terms but confirmed the news.

Woods had been scheduled to become a free agent after the 2021 campaign, but he is now signed through the 2025 season.

The 28-year-old has been a favorite target of quarterback Jared Goff since signing with the Rams in 2017. He had six catches for 105 yards in the team's 20-17 season-opening win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Woods entered the league out of USC as a second-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2013, and while he was a solid secondary option in Buffalo, he never recorded more than 699 yards or five touchdowns in a single season.

Since signing with Los Angeles, however, Woods has blossomed and developed into a No. 1 option in one of the NFL's best offenses.

He has posted back-to-back 1,100-yard seasons and caught a career-high 90 passes last year.

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Woods was part of a three-headed monster in the Rams' Super Bowl season of 2018 and also in 2019, playing with Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks. The Rams traded Cooks to the Houston Texans in April.

That left Woods as the unquestioned top outside wideout since Kupp primarily works out of the slot.

With Woods having proved himself as Goff's go-to guy, the Rams made a sensible move by rewarding him with a new deal and locking him in for the foreseeable future as they try to return to the Super Bowl.

Woods may never be viewed as on the same level as stars Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins and Davante Adams, but he has quietly become one of the best and most consistent pass-catchers in the NFL.

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