Why didn't the NY Jets attempt to trade for Robert Woods?

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The NY Jets are in the market for wide receiver help this offseason. For that reason, many began to connect the Jets to rumors regarding now-former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods.

Woods was traded to the Tennessee Titans on Saturday for the low price of just a 2023 sixth-round pick — incredibly the same compensation the Jets received for linebacker Blake Cashman.

However, while many believed that was a price the Jets should have paid, it doesn't appear as though they actually had a real chance at landing him.

According to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, the Rams worked with Woods to find a suitable trade partner and wanted to pair him with a team that could maximize his skillset and, presumably, a team that could at least contend.

The Jets, a team that's won just six games over the last two years, were never going to get the benefit of the doubt. Even if they wanted to trade for Woods, it probably wasn't going to happen.

The NY Jets likely didn't have much interest in Robert Woods anyway

In reality, Woods was likely never going to be a target for the Jets regardless. The soon-to-be 30-year-old is coming off a torn ACL and carries with him a pretty large contract.

After all, there's a reason the Titans were only able to get a future sixth-round pick in return. When it comes to trades, fans tend to overlook the financial aspect. A player's true trade value is oftentimes more a reflection of their contract than their actual ability.

Still, with enough cap flexibility to take on his salary in 2022, this does feel like a move the Jets probably should've entertained, especially given that they can move on from Woods after this season with no cap penalty.

But by all accounts, the Jets just don't seem to be interested in adding a veteran wide receiver. They're looking for players who can grow and develop with Zach Wilson.

That's why they were out on the Amari Cooper trade but reportedly all over the Calvin Ridley market. The Jets saw Ridley as someone who can not only help in the short-term but aid the team in the future as well (Cooper may be less than a year older, but he has significantly more mileage on his body).

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Woods doesn't fit that criteria. As much as some Jets fans might want the team to target a veteran wide receiver this offseason, don't bank on it.