The Kansas City Chiefs roster overhaul continued on Friday, as the team has traded star cornerback Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams. ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news:
Chiefs are expected to trade CB Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams, sources tell ESPN. Teams are in final stages of talks and barring an unexpected snag, the trade is expected to be agreed to as early as today.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 23, 2018
Marcus Peters to LA Rams trade is now officially agreed to, per source; cannot be processed until March 14. But Peters expected to be a Ram.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 23, 2018
The 25-year-old Peters had been mentioned aplenty in trade talks in the early stages of the offseason. Named to the Pro Bowl in his first two seasons, Peters struggled during the 2017 season, and was suspended by the team following an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in Week 13. In that game against the New York Jets, Peters picked up a penalty flag and threw it into the crowd.
Kansas City has made a handful of sweeping changes since losing to the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Divisional Round. Quarterback Alex Smith was traded to the Washington Redskins, receiving a third round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller in return. The Chiefs will roll with 2018 first round pick Patrick Mahomes as their next quarterback.
The Chiefs also released future Hall of Famer cornerback Darrelle Revis, after just one season into his two-year pact. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that the Chiefs are prepared to overhaul much of their defence, so Peters and Revis may not be the only notable players on the move.
Peters is a vital addition to the Rams secondary, as star corner Trumaine Johnson looks poised to leave in free agency. The Rams already boast one of the NFL's marquee defensive units, and Peters only makes it better.
For Kansas City, changes were inevitable after the team suffered yet another brutal playoff loss. Despite making the postseason in four of the past five years, the Chiefs only have won playoff win to show for it, going one-and-done three times.
The Peters era in Kansas City was short, but sweet. We'll see how they plan to replace him with free agency beginning in just a couple of weeks.