Marcus Peters takes Super Bowl 53 odds for Rams to whole new level

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In what ended up being the biggest surprise in the NFL on Friday, the Los Angeles Rams are finalizing a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs to acquire Marcus Peters.

Entering the offseason, one of the biggest questions surrounding the Los Angeles Rams was what to expect at the cornerback position since despite having one of the league’s top defenses in 2017, there was a little uncertainty regarding a few players. However, with Friday’s big news about the Rams finalizing a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs to acquire one of the top young cornerbacks in Marcus Peters, everything has all of a sudden changed for Sean McVay‘s squad.

First off, the decision to trade for Peters means Los Angeles is expected to let Trumaine Johnson hit the open market after spending the last two seasons playing under the franchise tag. Without question, Johnson has been a solid member of the Rams’ defense, but when looking at how much it was going to cost to keep him around for the long run, the organization knew they were in a difficult situation from a financial perspective.

Along with Johnson’s future being up in the air, Los Angeles is still unsure of what to expect from Kayvon Webster‘s timetable to return since the cornerback is currently recovering from not only a recent shoulder surgery, but a ruptured Achilles tendon as well from last December. In other words, if the Chiefs were willing to send Peters packing in exchange for a package of draft picks, this was a great decision by the Rams to help the defense remain in great shape heading into 2018.

Instead of worrying about being in tough shape if Johnson ended up elsewhere, at least the news surrounding Los Angeles with Peters will help take a little pressure off addressing the cornerback position heading into free agency along with the NFL Draft. Even better, the argument can be made that  the decision to acquire Peters just helped the Rams increase their Super Bowl 53 odds to a whole new level when looking at how quickly he’s made an impact at the NFL level in just three seasons.

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The fact that Peters has accounted for 24 turnovers (19 interceptions) over the last three seasons shows just how special of a player he truly is and Los Angeles has every reason to be thrilled over him coming on board, assuming the deal does in fact get done. And when looking at the history of Wade Phillips getting the best out of his players, it’s going to be even more exciting to see how much this benefits Peters while helping the Rams pickup where they left off last season as one of the top teams to beat in the NFC, with hopefully better results than last January.