Last Friday, it was revealed that the Los Angeles Rams have initially agreed to a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs for Marcus Peters, but as of writing, it’s unclear what the Rams will be giving up for the cornerback.
Peters has been one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL ever since he was drafted by the Chiefs in 2015, but due to his attitude problems, Kansas City wants to move on from the two-time Pro Bowler. His trade to Los Angeles will be confirmed when the new NFL league year begins on March 14.
The cornerback’s arrival at the Rams will likely bring an end to Trumaine Johnson’s time at the franchise, as well as give the team salary-cap flexibility, which they could use on pending free agents like Lamarcus Joyner and Sammy Watkins, or sign defensive tackle Aaron Donald to an extension.
Once his trade to Los Angeles had been initially agreed upon, Peters went to his Instagram account to thank Kansas City for their support in his first three seasons in the NFL. He had 19 interceptions during his time with the AFC West side.
The cornerback said: “The fame don’t make the name and the name don’t make it a game. K.C thank you.”
Many Chiefs fans on Twitter are sad to see Peters leave.
Peters is joining the Rams with well-known character concerns, as it was only in December last year against the New York Jets that he was suspended by the Chiefs for one game after throwing an official's penalty flag into the crowd and then leaving for the locker room without being ejected during a game.
Speaking to the Kansas City Star on Saturday after accepting his NFC Coach of the Year honor at the 101 Awards, Rams head coach Sean McVay talked about dealing with players like Peters, as he said: "These are grown men, and it starts with the mutual respect that exists, where they know it's about developing and building relationships.
“If we're going to ask our players to be coachable, we've got to be coachable as coaches as well. That displays an ownership and an accountability that we try to all have and makes the players more receptive to the messages we try to implement."
In terms of discipline, McVay said his players: "Know exactly what the expectations are, what our standards are, and they know what it is to do it the right way."