Honestly, it’s hard to really understand how this all went down. We’re witnessing something that rarely ever happens, a young and elite player at a premier position being shipped away. Peters is a top 10 cornerback in the NFL, many would argue that he’s even in the top 5 conversation. In his first three NFL seasons he snagged 19 interceptions which is a league leading figure, was named to two Pro Bowls, was a 1st Team All-Pro selection in 2016, and was the defensive rookie of the year. That type of production is hard to come by.
Add in the fact that Peters is ridiculously cheap as he’s entering into the 4th year of his rookie deal and also has a 5th year team option. The Chiefs being so willing to give up on an elite player so early raises some red flags. One of two things must have been developing for Kansas City to feel moving on was necessary.
1) Peters had no intention of resigning with the Chiefs long term and they decided to get value for him while they were still in control of his future. Even if this is true, trading one of your best players that you have under contract for at least the next two years sends a bad message to the rest of the team.
2) This is the more likely option, his behavior and attitude issues are worse than what’s been made known to the public. Peters behavior was no secret coming into the draft, some teams took him off of their boards due to it. He was dismissed from the University of Washington football team during his junior year after sideline tantrums and other undisclosed issues. During his time with the Chiefs he had a falling out with defensive coordinator Bob Sutton on the sidelines, was ejected from a game due to unsportsmanlike conduct, was involved in an on the field scuffle, and was suspended by head coach Andy Reid. Kansas City might not have been comfortable handing Peters the kind of big time contract that his play was going to demand.
After acquiring Kendall Fuller during the Alex Smith trade the Chiefs must have felt more confident in moving on from him. The rumored terms of the trade are a 1st round and 4th round pick for Peters straight up. Which is a relatively cheap price for a 25 year old playmaker. This is an ideal scenario for the Rams as they’re built to win now, but face losing their top corner in Trumaine Johnson during free agency. But this move isn’t without risk, moving Peters back to his home state of California could further spurn the off-field issues that kept franchises from selecting him in 2015.
This could be a tall task for 2nd year HC Sean McVay, Andy Reid is one of the most respected and longest tenured coaches in the NFL and was unable to keep him in line.If McVay is successful, he’s added a top player to one one the best teams in the league. Other NFC teams can’t be happy with the way things have panned out with this trade. This is a classic case of the rich getting richer.
On the other side, this is a hard sell for Chiefs fans because they’ve lost arguably the premier turnover machine in the league. Kendall Fuller will have a lot of pressure on him to perform, fans will also more than likely be calling for an impact player at corner with their 23rd overall pick. Possibly in the form of Josh Jackson from Iowa or Mike Hughes from UCF.