Rams expecting to acquire Marcus Peters from Chiefs changes offseason approach

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In a surprise move, the Los Angeles Rams are reportedly trading for Marcus Peters from the Kansas City Chiefs.

With all of the uncertainty surrounding Trumaine Johnson and Kayvon Webster, the Los Angeles Rams were expected to focus on the cornerback position over the next few months to make sure the defensive side of the football remained in good enough shape for the 2018 season. Turns out, the Rams are on the verge of helping take care of the position by pulling off a trade out of nowhere with the Kansas City Chiefs to land Marcus Peters.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the huge story Friday afternoon, as even he seemed caught off guard by the big news since the move literally came out of nowhere to shock the NFL world. A former first-round pick, Peters just wrapped up his third season with the Chiefs, and one of the main reasons why this deal comes as quite a shock is due to the fact that he’s helped produce 24 turnovers for the Chiefs’ defense over the last three seasons, including 19 interceptions.

Even if Peters has been a bit of a head case at times, this decision seems well worth the risk for the Rams when considering the need they were looking to fill at the cornerback position. While the trade most likely result in Johnson hitting the open market, Los Angeles is also uncertain about Webster’s return for the 2018 season since he not only recently had shoulder surgery, but is also recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon that occurred in December.

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All things considered, assuming the deal for Peters goes through, this will help the Rams fill a need at cornerback while saving a ton of money as well when compared to what it would have cost to bring Johnson back. There are plenty of mixed reactions over the deal for Los Angeles, but at the end of the day, this seems like it’s going to be well worth the risk for the defending NFC West champions. Plus, what’s even more exciting about Peters is once the deal goes through, the former Washington star will get to work with one of the most respected defensive coordinators game has to offer in Wade Phillips, who will hopefully help him elevate his game to a whole new level.