After splash at LT, Rams go safe route with Robert Woods at WR

LOS ANGELES -- Robert Woods is coming back to Southern California, agreeing to terms Thursday with the Los Angeles Rams, who also picked up veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth.

Woods, who starred at USC and will again play out of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, was a second-round pick by the Bills in 2013 and has amassed 2,451 receiving yards over the past four years, playing in 57 of 64 games. He basically replaces Kenny Britt, who agreed to a four-year, $32.5 million contract with the Browns. Woods' signing will help shore up a position that has been a major problem for the Rams for about a decade.

Terms: Five years, with a maximum value of $39 million if all incentives are are reached. $15 million guaranteed.

ESPN 150 ranking: 37th (eighth among wide receiver)

Grade: I’ll give it a solid C, because it means the Rams didn’t sign any of the most elite receivers available. Woods isn’t Alshon Jeffery or DeSean Jackson or Pierre Garcon, but he gives the Rams some size and nice pass-catching ability. He's solid, but nothing flashy. The 6-foot Woods won't zip past defenders to stretch the field vertically and he probably won't demand consistent double-teams, but he is a good route runner and a great blocker with dependable hands. He's a nice complement to Tavon Austin, a speedy receiver who struggles in the areas where Woods is strong. But the Rams still need help at this position.

What it means: That a lot of the pressure is still on Austin. The Rams gave him a four-year, $42 million extension weeks before the start of the 2016 season, and in some ways he's probably still their No. 1 target in the passing game. Austin has game-changing speed but he isn't a good route runner, and his size -- 5-foot-8 -- makes him a difficult target downfield. But new Rams head coach Sean McVay is hopeful that Austin can be for him in Los Angeles what Jackson was for him in Washington. That's a tough ask, but Woods brings some much-needed stability to that position. After Woods and Austin, the Rams have Bradley Marquez, who is primarily a special-teams contributor, and five guys who barely played as rookies, led by Pharoh Cooper.

What's the risk: There's very little risk in this move, unless you count the fact that it means the Rams still don't have a true, superstar No. 1. Woods was basically the Bills' No. 2 receiver. In 13 games last season, he caught 51 passes for 613 yards and a touchdown. He battled back from a knee sprain in November last season and played through a torn groin for all of 2015, a season when he caught 47 passes for 552 yards and three touchdowns through 14 games. Pro Football Focus graded Woods 59th among 115 qualified receivers this past season (Britt was 39th and Austin was 81st). But Woods is amazingly also only 24, heading into his age-25 season. He might still have some upside.