49ers were interested in Marcus Peters before he was traded to Rams


The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to trade Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams have a ton of good, young, talented players. After being selected with the 18th overall pick by the Chiefs in 2015, Peters picked off 19 passes in three seasons with Kansas City. Peters is entering his fourth year in the league, made the Pro Bowl twice and was named All Pro once.

In one move, the Rams changed the entire complexion of their to-do list. Peters was later suspended by the team for walking off the field after he threw a flag in the stands even though he had not been kicked out of the game. Peters is a top-tier corner in the prime of his career at 25 yet the Chiefs were willing to move on from him because of behavioral concerns. "Specific events, if any, preceding those that prompted the suspension aren't known".

The return for the Chiefs is set to be draft picks but what selections and how many is still to be determined. Peters thought he had been ejected from the game. He got into it with a fan in November, prompting Chiefs head coach Andy Reid to say Peters needed to be more professional. Eventually, the Rams will probably want a long-term contract with the cornerback, but it buys the team time to get other important pieces locked down first. The game had been back and forth and it was a close game.

The Rams will hope Peters has a better grasp on those emotions going forward, as he's emerged as a truly elite cornerback. Los Angeles was No. 5 in the National Football League in turnovers in 2017 and prior to that, Phillips led the unsafe Denver Broncos defense in 2015 and 2016. The expectation, at least for a while, was that Fuller would be paired with Peters to improve the secondary.

Flexibility with the draft and free agency: This doesn't completely solve cornerback for the Rams.