The Titans Are Reportedly Landing WR Robert Woods for a 6th Round Pick (And I Am … Perplexed) (UPDATES)

The free agent wide receiver market hasn’t fallen the way the Bears would’ve been hoping for at the outset. But that’s cool. It’s OK. Free agency has multiple layers. The number of available players with quality NFL experience remains higher than you would otherwise expect after six days of free agency.

There are other ways to find a quarterback some pass-catching help, too, in the weeks ahead. The NFL Draft is still a month away. Surely, there will be receiver options available when the Bears go on the clock in Day 2.

Also, we shouldn’t overlook adding Equanimeous St. Brown and Byron Pringle as down-the-pecking-order depth chart options. Every little bit helps. As a reminder, it can come in different ways. Maybe if it comes in the form of a receiver with a decent floor and untapped potential who can chip in on special teams (Pringle). Or perhaps someone with legitimate WR3 upside (St. Brown) if everything (including his health) breaks his way.

Even still … those additions would look a lot nicer if there was another established, high-end pass-catcher. Which has me thinking about the trade market, where GM Ryan Poles has not yet been active, and I’ll admit some frustration.

Unfortunately, another one of those possible targets is off the board. That is because Robert Woods is reportedly being sent from the Rams to the Titans:

ESPN’s Dianna Russini reports the Rams-Titans swap, while teammate Adam Schefter chimes in with news that a sixth-rounder is going the other way. To which I say — are you kidding me!?

The Titans were successfully able to land a two-time 1,000-yard receiver for a sixth-round pick. Yes, I realize Woods is coming off a season that was cut short due to an ACL injury. And I understand he has cap numbers of $15.7M, $15.95M, $17,95M, and $19.5M coming to him over the next four years (though it’s not all guaranteed). But isn’t that easily worth the risk for this player at that price. What gives?

I suspect Brett was stifling the same frustration at this trade and the other non-Bears moves that have preceded it:

Hahahaha. Wait. I hope that isn’t what is actually happening. This isn’t some test to see if Justin Fields can make chicken salad out of chicken droppings, is it? Nah. It’s all jokes, right. RIGHT!? WE’RE ALL HAVING FUN AND MAKING JOKES!

OK. Taking a breath.

Maybe the big-picture takeaway here is that first-year GM Ryan Poles is so committed to clearing the decks for 2023 that rolling the dice on a Wood trade wasn’t plausible for his overarching plan. If that happens to be the case, then I can dig it. Heck, I’d even go as far as saying I like it. Cleaning up someone else’s mess is never easy, and it sure as heck isn’t fixable in one offseason.

HOWEVER … you have to surround Justin Fields with *SOME* talent this year for the sake of his development. Otherwise, you’re positioning yourself for conversations regarding wasting Fields’ skills set on an undermanned receiving corps that we had when it came to Mitchell Trubisky. And then you don’t even know what you don’t know about a player. I want no part of that ever again.

So, uh, do something? Please…

UPDATE — They tried:

On the one hand, it is somewhat encouraging that the Bears were in on this derby. And sneaky about it, too. I can respect that. But on the other hand, that is now twice we’ve seen a receiver move for a light price (in terms of draft capital). Bummer. At least I feel better now knowing that Poles was involved.

written by

Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

more bears news

While We Wait For Bears First-Rounders to Sign, Michael Penix Jr. Inks Rookie Deal With Falcons

We are adding Michael Penix Jr. to the list of first-round picks from the 2024 NFL Draft who have signed their rookie contract. It's officially official, via the Atlanta Falcons: https://twitter.com/AtlantaFalcons/status/1805330900206633370 ESPN's Adam Schefter has it as a four-year contract...

Moving to Arlington Heights is Still a Possibility For the Chicago Bears

Even when plans for a new Bears stadium project were focused on building in downtown Chicago along the lakefront, there was a part of me that knew not to eliminate the possibility of the team still ending up in the...

Who Will Be the NFL’s First $60M Quarterback?

Since the start of the NFL's new league year in March, we've seen Kirk Cousins, Jared Goff, and Trevor Lawrence sign monstrous deals. Cousins' came in free agency, while new paper for Goff and Lawerence came by way of extensions...

Braxton Jones Scored the Bears’ First Win vs. the Packers in Forever

The Chicago Bears haven't recorded a head-to-head victory against the Green Bay Packers since Dec. 16, 2018. That comes out to 2,017 days (and counting) if you're keeping score at home. So, yeah, I'm going to take whatever win I...

Mongo, Teven, Waldron, New Packers President, and Other Bears Bullets

The most fascinating thing I read over the weekend was this piece from Justin Tinsley, who does tremendous work at ESPN and elsewhere with storytelling that is rooted in culture and sports. His latest — asking 'Where does Drake go...

Where Did All the Cool Nicknames Go? And Other Bears Bullets

I have lunch plans with a friend, so a light breakfast ahead of today's set of Bears Bullets will have to do. There are 77 days until the Chicago Bears kick off their 2024 regular-season slate of games against the...

New Look Offensive Line, Drafting DJ, Sanders, Schefter, and Other Bears Bullets

Today would've been my mother's 62nd birthday. I miss her lots. For obvious reasons. And for some less-than-obvious reasons. She wasn't a big football fan, but she'd watch the Bears with me. I think she would've been intrigued by Caleb...

DJ Moore is Finally Getting His Flowers

Let's close shop on a Friday while riding a high note. I was pleasantly surprised to see where Chicago Bears wide receiver DJ Moore landed on Jarrett Bailey's list of the NFL's best wide receivers. Bailey's power rankings, which you...

Arlington Heights is Playing the Long Game in Its Pursuit of the Bears

A Chicago Bears electronic billboard can stay a little while longer in its Arlington Heights home. Is this a (literal!) sign of good will? Perhaps. Despite passing legislation banning that type of advertisement, the Arlington Heights Village Board voted 8-1...

The Bold Steps the Bears Took to Sign Keith Randolph Jr. as a UDFA

Every year, everyone in the football community digs through the dregs of each roster in search of an under-the-radar prospect or underdog tale. For the Chicago Bears, that player might be Keith Randolph Jr. — a defensive tackle who the Bears...

Latest News

Today’s Copa America 2024 Predictions, Picks and Odds – Tuesday, June 25

With multiple games on Tuesday's 2024 Copa America schedule, let's take a look at the betting odds for each match.We break down the betting odds for all the important games today below.Head to Fubo to watch the entire Copa America...

Where to Watch Denmark vs. Serbia: UEFA European Championship 2024 TV Channel, Start Time and Live Stream

On Tuesday, June 25 at 3:00 PM ET, Denmark (2 points) and Serbia (1 point) meet for each side's final match in Group C at the 2024 UEFA European Championship.This game will be airing on Fox Sports 1.Watch the entire...

Where to Watch England vs. Slovenia: UEFA European Championship 2024 TV Channel, Start Time and Live Stream

England (4 points) and Slovenia (2 points) meet on Tuesday, June 25 at 3:00 PM ET in the third game of Group C action at the 2024 UEFA European Championship.You should head to FOX in order to see this match.Watch...

Padres vs. Nationals: Free Live Stream, TV Channel, How to Watch

The San Diego Padres (41-41), led by Jurickson Profar, host C.J. Abrams and the Washington Nationals (38-39) on Tuesday at 9:40 PM ET.Keep reading to see how to watch the San Diego-Washington matchup in the article below.When is Padres vs....

Dodgers vs. White Sox: Free Live Stream, TV Channel, How to Watch

In a series opener on Tuesday, Bobby Miller will start for the Los Angeles Dodgers (48-31) against Chris Flexen and the Chicago White Sox (21-58), with first pitch scheduled for 8:10 PM ET at Guaranteed Rate Field.The article below will...

Angels vs. Athletics: Free Live Stream, TV Channel, How to Watch

Taylor Ward and the Los Angeles Angels (30-46) host JJ Bleday and the Oakland Athletics (29-51) on Tuesday in a series opener, with first pitch at 9:38 PM ET.Keep reading to find out how to watch the Los Angeles-Oakland matchup...

Connor McDavid Wins the Conn Smythe Trophy — on the Losing Team

After producing a historic 42 points (8 goals, 34 assists) in 24 games -- breaking Wayne Gretzky's playoff assist record -- Oilers superstar Connor McDavid won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the postseason's most valuable player. https://twitter.com/PR_NHL/status/1805437656936935880 Before tonight, only...

How to Watch Royals vs. Marlins: Live Stream or on TV

The Kansas City Royals (42-37), who will give the start to Seth Lugo, host the Miami Marlins (27-50) with Yonny Chirinos on the hill, Tuesday at 8:10 PM ET.The article below will give you everything you need to know to...

How to Watch Brewers vs. Rangers: Live Stream or on TV

The Milwaukee Brewers (45-33), led by William Contreras, host Marcus Semien and the Texas Rangers (37-40) at 8:10 PM ET on Tuesday in a series opener.If you're planning on watching this game, keep reading for streaming and TV options for...

Twins vs. Diamondbacks: Free Live Stream, TV Channel, How to Watch

In a series opener on Tuesday, Carlos Santana and the Minnesota Twins (43-35) face Ketel Marte and the Arizona Diamondbacks (38-40), with first pitch scheduled for 9:40 PM ET at Chase Field.Keep reading to see how to watch the Minnesota-Arizona...

more bears news