ESPN, NFL report Chiefs to trade Peters to Rams
The Kansas City Chiefs are trading cornerback Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams, ESPN and NFL Network reported.
Details of the trade have not been reported.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted:
“The #Chiefs will receive a package of draft picks from the #Rams in exchange for CB Marcus Peters.”
He also said the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers were interested.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the news.
Peters, 25, is a two-time Pro Bowler and a 2016 All-Pro player. He is coming off a five-interception season that also saw the former first-round pick suspended for a game.
Late in the fourth quarter of a 38-31 loss to the New York Jets, Peters was upset at a penalty and picked up the referee’s flag and threw it into the stands. He then walked off the field even though he was not ejected.
That game wrapped up a four-game losing streak for the Chiefs.
Peters was suspended the following week in a win against the Oakland Raiders.
He also drew criticism this past year for not standing for the national anthem.
When the Chiefs selected Peters with the 18th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, there were questions about his character. Peters was dismissed from the Washington Huskies football team in November 2014 for disciplinary issues. Now, it appears he has been traded.
Peters has 19 interceptions and 55 passes defensed since entering the league in 2015, both league highs over the past three years.
The Rams and Chiefs play next season in Mexico City.
This is the second trade involving a premier player for Kansas City in less than a month. The Chiefs have reportedly traded quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins for a third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller.
The Chiefs also signed former Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson. With the added players in the secondary on their way, the Chiefs may have felt they had enough depth to trade Peters.
Kansas City does not have a first-round pick in this year’s draft. The Rams do not have a second-rounder.
Just like the Smith trade, the deal between the Chiefs and the Rams cannot become official until the new league year begins March 14.