ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the deal is nearing completion and should be agreed upon by both teams. However, the trade can’t officially be finalized until March 14, which is considered the first day of the league’s year.
Chiefs are expected to trade CB Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams, sources tell ESPN. Teams are in final stages of talks and barring an unexpected snag, the trade is expected to be agreed to as early as today.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 23, 2018
Why are the Chiefs Trading Marcus Peters?
As good as Peters may be, he’s also had his share of on-field problems. In a game against the New York Jets last season, he threw an official’s flag into the stands and left the field, because he thought he’d been ejected.
When Peters found out that he wasn’t ejected, he returned to the field without any socks on. The 2-time Pro Bowler was suspended for a game afterward for a combination of this incident, and an argument with head Coach Andy Reid on the way to the airport before the game.
He also drew heat from Chiefs fans for sitting during the national anthem throughout the entire 2017 season. When asked to explain his reasoning during an interview with the Kansas City Star, he said the following:
“I’m an American, bruh. I’m an African-American that was born in this wonderful country that we all can live in. How about we start all protecting each (expletive) other and come together, you feel me? It will be better for it.”
What are LA and Kansas City Getting in This Trade?
Los Angeles will likely lose cornerback Trumaine Johnson in free agency. That said, they’ll be looking for another elite cornerback to fill this space on their defense. And the trade for Peters will do exactly this.
Peters himself should enjoy the move too, because he won’t be far from his hometown of Oakland, California. And given that Kansas City has been very active on the trade market – they dealt quarterback Alex Smith already – they’ll have no trouble also dealing their star cornerback.
The compensation that L.A. is sending back hasn’t been announced yet. But NFL Media’s Rapoport reports that the team will most likely get draft picks and/or a player in return.
Rapoport believes that the possible player could be outside linebacker Robert Quinn. Quinn had 8.5 sacks for the Rams last year, which pushed his career tally up to 62.5.
Regarding the draft picks, it’s unclear exactly how high these will be. But gaining Quinn along with one or more middle-round picks for Peters wouldn’t be a bad deal.
Chiefs should Have a New Look Next Season
Even after dealing Peters, Kansas City should still have a very strong defense. But many will be interested to see if their offense improves or regresses next season, based on Smith being dealt.
Smith is a veteran who started for the team the past two seasons. By dealing him, Kansas City is ushering in the the future with second-year QB Patrick Mahomes.
The 10th-overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Mahomes certainly isn’t short on confidence. In fact, he claims that he has an even stronger arm than Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen.
“I’ve seen these things with Josh, but I’m going to say I believe I have the stronger arm,” Mahomes told the KC Star. “I’ve never seen anyone throw harder than me with the football. Until I see it in person, I believe I have the stronger arm.”
He added, “The furthest I have even thrown the ball was 85 yards. But I had a little wind at my back, so I don’t claim that one. At my Pro Day, I threw it like 80 if it was windy, but I didn’t throw it as good as I could have. It was wobbling.”
The Chiefs will also return second-year running back Kareem Hunt, who rushed for 1,327 yards and added another 455 receiving yards. This helped him earn Pro Bowl top honors as a rookie.
Add in explosive wide receiver Tyreke Hill, and the team could have one of the best offenses in the league. But much of this will depend upon how Mahomes performs in his first year as a starter.