49ers also had interest in Marcus Peters deal

Phillip Cunningham
February 25, 2018

Right now, it's unclear what exactly the "draft pick haul" is that the Chiefs got in return from the Rams, but it's rare to see a young cornerback as talented as Peters get traded so early into his career-even with some well documented maturity concerns.

The Chiefs have been aggressively seeking to trade Peters, an All-Pro during the 2016 season, as part of both a youth movement and shift in locker room culture. The trade can not be officially processed until March 14. In three years, Peters have caused more turnovers (25) than any other player in the league, earning a First-Team and Second-Team All-Pro seasons, along with a pair of Pro Bowl berths. Peters will head home, to the Los Angeles area, where he grew up, and the Kansas City Chiefs will presumably get a package of draft picks in exchange for their best defensive player.

Kansas City has also traded Alex Smith this offseason.

He also drew criticism this past year for not standing for the national anthem.

Feb 23 2018 Houston TX USA Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler dribbles the ball during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Peters thought he was ejected after that incident against the New York Jets and left the field, only to run back out — not wearing socks — when he realized he was not disqualified.

However, if they did go after Johnson, new defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus would be getting a big, physical corner to build the rest of the secondary around.

Despite having a projected $74 million in free agency, per Over the Cap, general manager Chris Ballard won't overpay for a free agent just to fill a need as he believes in developing talent through the NFL Draft. Additionally, this pick could also be flipped for more selections in the draft if the opportunity presents itself.

The 25-year-old will cost $1.74 million toward the salary cap this season, which is almost one-tenth of Johnson's cap hit last year. The Rams don't have their second-round pick, which was traded away in the Jared Goff sweepstakes.

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