After days of speculation, we finally know what the Rams are giving up to acquire Pro Bowl CB Marcus Peters in a trade with the Chiefs…
Let’s grade the move for both teams…
There aren’t many cornerbacks out there who can dominate a game, but Peters is one of them thanks to his play-making ability. Sure, the 25-year-old will give up his fair share of big plays and he doesn’t seem to be too interested in tackling, but takeaways win games in the NFL and there isn’t a defensive back in the league better at getting his hands on the football.
He’s also young, cheap and under team control for the next two years. Peters has one year left on his deal (which carries a cap hit of only $1.7 million) plus a fifth-year team option that will pay him close to $10 million. That’s $1l.7 million over two years for one of the best corners in the league, which is a pittance compared to the money they would have had to use to bring back Trumaine Johnson on a long-term deal.
In addition to the money, Los Angeles had to part ways with a fourth- and second-round pick, but it will pick up a compensatory pick with Johnson likely walking in free agency. The Rams gave up very little to significantly upgrade their CB1 spot and gave themselves some cap flexibility over the next two offseasons.
The Rams are making an aggressive move here, but that’s what you do when your Super Bowl window opens up. Will this make re-signing the team’s impressive young core difficult down the line? Sure, but you don’t worry about three or four years down the line when you’re this close to a Lombardi Trophy. The Rams are going for it.
This is a tough one to grade from Kansas City’s perspective because we don’t know exactly what happened behind the scenes that soured the relationship between the team and the player.
We do know that the team suspended Peters for a game last season for not only throwing a flag into the stands but also getting into an argument with a coach. If Peters was a model teammate, this deal does not happen – not for such an underwhelming package of picks.
It’s been reported that the Chiefs had been trying to deal Peters for weeks but there just weren’t many of suitors. Teams weren’t going to offer the world for a player with documented locker room issues, whose team was desperately looking to offload him. Kansas City was put in a tough spot.
This trade does allow the Chiefs to go all-in with their defensive rebuild without having to worry about paying a ton of money to a player like Peters, who, while able to help a contender thanks to his play-making ability, is more of a luxury for a unit that appears to be starting over from scratch. You probably don’t want a malcontent mentoring young players either.
Nobody in Kansas City is going to celebrate this haul, but if keeping Peters on the roster wasn’t an option, then this is really the best the Chiefs could have expected.
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