On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Rams traded former Pro-Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters in exchange for inside linebacker Kenny Young and an undisclosed pick. Rumor has it the pick is a fifth rounder. In slightly related news, Ravens GM Eric DeCosta has been arrested for theft.
Marcus Peters may not be the elite corner he was in Kansas City, but he is a very talented CB with a nose for the football. Pro Football Focus grades Peters at 76.6 which is a good grade for a starting CB. Peters has 24 interceptions in 67 career games. His two interceptions this season are tied with Marlon Humphrey for most on the Baltimore squad. Peters is only allowing a 52% completion percentage when targeted this year and has only missed 3 tackles. Peters replaces Maurice Canady in the Ravens backfield who has surrendered a 62% completion percentage. Once Jimmy Smith returns from injury, acquiring Peters allows Brandon Carr to move to Safety to fill in for the injured Tony Jefferson and Deshon Elliott.
Los Angeles gets linebacker Kenny Young, who was a healthy scratch for the Ravens even after the injury to Otara Alaka. Young has been graded as a replacement level linebacker who lacks instinct in coverage. Opposing quarterbacks literally have a perfect 158.3 passer rating when targeting Young. That’s one thing against Patrick Mahomes, but that list also includes Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh Rosen, and Baker Mayfield. To put it mildly, the guy is stunningly bad. Young joins an ILB group that includes Cory Littleton and Bryce Hager. Littleton is a very solid linebacker and Hager is firmly average, however both are vastly better than Young.
Peters is a UFA at the end of the season, so he is likely just a rental for the Ravens. The move comes as a surprise considering Aqib Talib landed on IR earlier in the day. It seems like Baltimore is all in this year while the Rams are packing it in with two teams in the division ahead of them.