The Kansas City Chiefs traded pro bowl cornerback Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams yesterday. The Chiefs will be receiving a package of draft picks in return for the 25 year old cornerback.
So why would Kansas City trade arguably the best cornerback in the NFL right now? Simple. Culture.
The Chiefs want to emphasize character in their locker room. It is no secret that Peters had become a problem with his lack of maturity and his selfishness. The last straw for Andy Reid was Peters antics last season after getting ejected from a game against the Jets. Peters threw the penalty flag which was thrown against him into the stands and was ejected as a result. The Chiefs ended up suspending Peters the following week.
As good as Peters is, his act had worn thin and the Chiefs were reluctant to sign him to a long term deal. So Reid shopped him and found a trade partner in the Rams.
For the Rams, this is a terrific deal. Peters has 19 career interceptions and is one of the best man to man cover corners in the NFL. He joins one of the most talented rosters in the NFL, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
Peters, along with Aaron Donald, Alec Ogletree, Robert Quinn, Michael Brockers and LaMarcus Joyner form the nucleus of what could be the most talented defense in the league. Legendary defensive coordinator Wade Phillips now has that lock down corner he sorely lacked last season. The Rams will be more aggressive defensively.
Deals like this are a win, win for both teams. Peters needed the change of scenery and the Rams needed a corner because they were not going to commit long term to Trumaine Johnson.
The Rams were already a Super Bowl contender and this deal solidifies their position as one of the top teams in the NFC.
As for the Chiefs, they are hitting the reset button, but don’t call it a rebuild. There is still plenty of talent on hand in Kansas City. The Chiefs are getting younger along their front seven and they will address their back seven in the draft and try to replace Peters.
Either way you look at this deal, it is a win, win for both teams. People may not look at it like that in the short term, but in the long term, both teams will benefit from it.