Robert Woods would add veteran depth to the Arizona Cardinals receiving corps

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The veteran wide receiver could help the Arizona Cardinals replace the experience that will be lost if DeAndre Hopkins is traded.

It's fairly safe to assume that the Arizona Cardinals aren't going to win a bunch of games next season. New head coach Jonathan Gannon and his inexperienced band of assistants are bound to take their lumps during their first campaign in the desert. Maintaining some degree of respectability should be the primary goal for the Cards in 2023.

With that in mind, Arizona general manager Monti Ossenfort should be looking to build a roster that won't get embarrassed every week. When free agency gets underway next month, there's a good possibility that the front office will search for veterans who are willing to sign one-year, "prove-it" deals with the club.

With the Cardinals being in "rebuilding" mode, there's a growing sentiment that the great DeAndre Hopkins will be traded. When that occurs, Ossenfort will need to fill out the team's wide receivers corps with a free-agent addition or two. In fact, a pass-catcher who was just released this past Wednesday could fit the bill for the Redbirds.

Robert Woods could play a role with the Arizona Cardinals in 2023

The Tennessee Titans have cut ties with Robert Woods, an experienced wideout who was once a thorn in the side of the Cards defensive unit. During the five seasons he spent with the Los Angeles Rams (2017-21), the 6 foot, 195 pounder was at the top of his game. Woods is no longer that player, but he could still fill a role for an Arizona scoring attack that will be led by new offensive coordinator Drew Petzing.

Woods did not perform as well as expected with the Titans in 2022. In 17 starts, the former second-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills hauled in just 53 passes for 527 yards and two touchdowns. The 9.9 yards-per-reception that Woods averaged was actually the lowest of his NFL career.

Even so, Woods remains a savvy veteran who more than likely suffered from some questionable quarterback play in Tennessee. Ryan Tannehill appeared in just 12 matchups last year because of an ankle injury. The Titans' passing game all but died when journeyman Joshua Dobbs and rookie Malik Willis had to take over late in the campaign.

At the present time, the Cardinals receivers room consists of Hopkins, Marquise Brown, Rondale Moore, Robbie Anderson, Andre Baccellia, Auden Tate and Javon Wims. Greg Dortch (RFA) and Antoine Wesley (ERFA) could also be back next fall. Anderson is set to count $12 million against the organization's salary cap in '23, so there's a very good chance that the 29-year old will be playing elsewhere next season.

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