With the final details of the Marcus Peters trade finally released, the Los Angeles Rams earned a steal to land the cornerback.
Over the last couple of days, the hottest topic when it comes to the Los Angeles Rams was Friday’s announcement about how the team was finalizing a deal to acquire Marcus Peters from the Kansas City Chiefs to change their entire approach for the offseason. Between the uncertainties of Trumaine Johnson returning since he’s going to draw heavy interest from numerous teams willing to pay him a hefty contract along with Kayvon Webster recovering from a recent shoulder surgery along with the ruptured Achilles tendon suffered last December, it was clear to see why the Rams entered the offseason concerned over the cornerback position.
At least with the trade for Peters, Los Angeles will be in much better shape since the cornerback has worked his way into becoming one of the best at his position over the last few years, although there is some concern over his attitude being an issue. Still, when looking at some of the players Wade Phillips has coached over the years with similar issues, there’s every reason to believe the Rams will be able to keep Peters in check while hopefully getting the best out of him from a production standpoint.
The fact that Peters has accounted for 24 turnovers (19 interceptions) during his first three NFL seasons was just one of many reasons why Los Angeles was excited about the trade, even if it can’t become official until the new league year begins. Even more exciting, the Rams were able to land one of the league’s top cornerbacks the NFL has to offer in Peters by basically giving up nothing in draft picks to the Chiefs.
When taking into consideration that Peters is a former first-round pick, seeing Los Angeles only have to surrender a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft along with a future second rounder is an absolute steal for the team. Not to mention, when looking at what Peters will be making this season compared to what Johnson is expecting to earn in free agency, this deal will save the Rams a ton of money as well in 2018, which can hopefully be used to re-signing other key players when the time comes.
Los Angeles made a huge statement last season by emerging out of nowhere to become one of the top teams to beat in the NFC, and moves like this for Peters will help Sean McVay‘s squad remain in great shape for 2018. As mentioned before, there are some concerns surrounding Peters when seeing how things looked at times when he was with the Chiefs, but at the end of the day, this is an absolute steal for the Rams, and well worth the risk to help take some of the pressure off their concerns at cornerback.