I am big enough to admit when I’m wrong, and boy was I wrong. I never thought in a million years that the Kansas City Chiefs would deal their best defensive player despite speculation from some very well-known sources, but they did just that.
On Friday, I got the notification while sitting at my desk at work that the Chiefs were finalizing a deal to send All-Pro cornerback Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams. The deal cannot be finalized until the beginning of the new league year on March 14. Needless to say, I was shocked. I was even more shocked (and disgusted) when I found out what the Chiefs were receiving in return for Peters.
On Monday, nearly 72 hours after the trade was announced, it was reported that the Chiefs were sending Peters along with a 2018 sixth round draft pick to Los Angeles in exchange for a 2018 fourth round pick and a 2019 second round pick. Now if you listen carefully, you can hear the faint cries of depressed Chiefs fans echoing from Kansas City. In fact, you might want to call the police, because the Chiefs were robbed.
With a player of Marcus Peters’ talent level and age, combined with the fact that he’s under cheap team control for the next few seasons, you would believe that the team trading him should get a huge haul that would include at least a first-round draft pick, but sadly, that won’t be the case. Chiefs fans everywhere are not happy with this deal, and rightfully so. Their favorite team is selling one of the game’s top corners for pennies on the dollar.
Whether you love or hate Marcus Peters (I loved him), you can’t deny that he is one of the game’s elite corners. He is an absolute turnover machine, known as an aggressive “ballhawk” more than a traditional shutdown cover corner. In just three years, he is responsible for creating 24 turnovers. To put it short, this guy is a game-changer. So why did the Chiefs get rid of the guy whose style of play has drawn comparisons to the great Deion Sanders?
While Peters is a phenomenal player, he is also a tremendous headcase. Over his three years in Kansas City, he has been known for being letting his emotions run wild during games. This season, he was suspended by Chiefs coach Andy Reid for one game for his behavior during a game against the New York Jets, where he threw a penalty flag into the stands, ran off the field thinking he was ejected, and ran back onto the field wearing just his cleats without socks when he was told that wasn’t the case.
It was after that game that Peters got into one of reportedly several confrontations with a coach on the Chiefs staff, which is ultimately what led to his suspension. This is a guy who is passionate about the game of football, but has a severe attitude problems that not even Andy Reid could handle. It was a tough decision for Chiefs general manager Brett Veach, but ultimately, they felt the baggage was too much and moving on from Peters was necessary. Apparently, those feelings were mutual.
There have been numerous reports indicating that Marcus Peters was not happy in Kansas City, which is understandable. Although I don’t like to be political, Peters was shunned by a portion of the Chiefs’ fanbase because of his actions during the National Anthem. He has also always desired to play in his home state of California in the Oakland/Los Angeles area. To make it plain and simple, Peters was never going to re-sign in Kansas City and he made it known.
There was also a report that came out that Peters had requested a trade right after the Chiefs playoff loss against the Tennessee Titans. If all of these reports are accurate, then this was a toxic relationship that needed to end. Although I love Marcus Peters, the Chiefs did not need a disgruntled player potentially becoming a cancer in the locker room. It’s an extremely tough pill to swallow, but Brett Veach ultimately made the right decision here.
Overall, the Marcus Peters trade works out great for the Rams, who are getting a great cornerback that will make their defense elite, while the Chiefs are being destroyed by the media and the move is being called a colossal failure. To be honest, those people in the media and fans of opposing teams are right. While trading Peters may have been the right thing to do, the compensation for him was awful.
The NFL offseason has barely begun, but the Kansas City Chiefs have already made two huge moves to shake up the football world. Alex Smith is the new signal caller for the Redskins and Marcus Peters is now the face of the Rams secondary. Hopefully these moves won’t come back to haunt the Chiefs. Only time will tell.
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