Chiefs Cornerback Heading to Los Angeles

Lawrence Cooper
February 24, 2018

Chiefs are expected to trade CB Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams, sources tell ESPN.

Below, we sort out the ripple effects.

Rapoport noted the Rams will move on from Trumaine Johnson with the addition of Peters. Johnson has proven to be a productive player over his six-year career on the West Coast and the Stockton, Calif. native just turned 28 years old on New Year's Day.

The remaining question is what did the Chiefs get back from the Rams?

Peters will cost the Rams a yet-to-be-disclosed package of draft picks, and it nearly certainly means Johnson, their veteran cornerback, will leave via free agency. That also will make Breeland, who can be a No. 1 away from Norman, start fo feel more like a relative bargain.

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This move addresses a major concern for the Rams this offseason. Their slot corner, Nickell Robey-Coleman, will join Johnson as an unrestricted free agent. But the Rams have a good chance of landing a top-flight corner with the No. 23 pick in this year's draft. From the draft to free agency to financial flexibility, the dynamics are dramatically altered.

Just like that, the Rams got younger, better and more financially flexible as they approach an offseason for which improving on last year's surprising 11-5 finish and closing ground on the elite teams in the National Football League is the singular priority.

Peters was named to the Pro Bowl his rookie and sophomore season with the team, and then as an alternate in his third year.

Clark Hunt remains the only owner to openly state he'd have "no hesitation" about signing Colin Kaepernick, so jettisoning Peters for his anthem protests wouldn't match up with the team's confirmed statements on the subject. 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.

Earlier this week there were reports that the Chiefs were looking to trade Peters but would need a haul in return. During the game at Houston, teammates appeared to hold back an emotional Peters on the sideline from confronting a coach.

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