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Los Angeles Rams to sign former Buffalo Bills receiver Robert Woods

The California native returns home on a five-year deal

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting former Buffalo Bills receiver Robert Woods will sign a five-year, $39 million deal with the Los Angeles Rams when free agency opens later today.

The signing is a homecoming for Woods, who was born in nearby Gardena and played his college ball at USC. The Rams had a major need at receiver, especially given the news that their top wideout from 2016, Kenny Britt, was headed to Cleveland on a four-year deal.

It was expected that Woods would move on from the team that selected him in the second round (41st overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. Still, it reinforced the fact that the team is in serious need of receiver help, with no proven options behind Sammy Watkins, who missed two months last season with a foot injury.

Woods finishes his Bills career with 203 receptions for 2,451 yards and 12 touchdowns in 57 of a possible 64 games. In 13 games last year, Woods caught 51 passes for a team-high 613 yards and a touchdown.

The Bills have not been linked to any receivers yet, but could target one in the first round of the Draft, where the team is set to pick tenth. With a deep receiver class this year, trading down is an option as well.