The Kansas City Chiefs are making a name for themselves in the trade market this offseason. A few weeks after agreeing to trade quarterback Alex Smith to Washington, GM Brett Veach is at it again.
On Friday, the Chiefs reportedly are finalizing the details on a trade of cornerback Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams, with compensation yet to be confirmed. The only confirmation is that it will involve a “package of draft picks,” according to Ian Rapoport. Peters, who is a two-time Pro Bowler and was named first team All-Pro in 2016, has been a star for the Chiefs in his three years in the NFL. However, Peters entered the league with question marks about his maturity and ability to take coaching and criticism, which apparently those factors have earned him an exit from the team.
Kansas City has now parted ways with two high-profile corners this offseason, as they released Darrelle Revis as well. However, the cupboard is hardly bare at the position; two-year veteran Kendall Fuller will be coming over from Washington in the Smith trade, while the team signed street free agent David Amerson to a contract a few days ago.
The Rams, however, who are scheduled to host the Green Bay Packers in 2018, will get the embattled Peters to shore up their secondary. Peters enters the final year of his rookie contract and, since he was a first-round draft pick, the Rams will have the opportunity to exercise a fifth-year option on him for 2019.
Los Angeles had been facing major questions about their secondary, as starting cornerback Trumaine Johnson and safety LaMarcus Joyner both are scheduled to be free agents. This move effectively ensures that Johnson will leave town, and means that the team could focus more heavily on Joyner as free agency approaches.