We’re only two months into 2018 and the Kansas City Chiefs already have us questioning what the status quo is in the NFL.
Andy Reid and the Chiefs have pulled off another blockbuster trade. As of Friday, per Adam Schefter, the Chiefs will be trading away star cornerback Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams. Laughing at the status quo of the NFL, which is to keep your most talented players, the Chiefs have now moved two star players before the new season has technically even begun.
Andy Reid and the Chiefs organization already sent one the most elite quarterbacks of 2017, Alex Smith, to the Redskins, for cornerback Kendall Fuller in early February. With the addition of Kendall Fuller, along with a third round pick, the Chiefs felt they were in a comfortable position to trade away Peters. A budding superstar who garnered an image of foolishness on the field.
Peters has led the Chiefs in interceptions in every year he’s been in the NFL – 3. He’s even totaled 19 interceptions over those three years, along with 55 pass defended (both totaling the most in the NFL in that span) However, he’s also thrown a referee’s flag into the stands, thus resulting in another penalty and a one-game suspension from the Chiefs organization, which occurred the following week in a crucial divisional match-up.
That’s the moment the Chiefs started plotting out a long, advanced method to trade away Peters.
It started with the trade of Alex Smith to not only allow the young first round pick Pat Mahomes into the starting lineup, but also allow the Chiefs to receive another rising cornerback and a third round pick. The third round pick comes in handy because that could be another vital piece to the rebuild of the Chiefs organization.
However, Peters is still a superstar. It will take more than just Kendall Fuller to replace his presence. Which leads us to why the Rams made this trade.
The Rams are not likely to place a franchise tag on star cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who led the Rams in 2017 with 13 pass deflections and added two interceptions to go along with a touchdown. With Johnson to hit the open market and get paid a massive deal — which he deserves — the Rams were looking to move on and find just as good; for cheaper than what Johnson will be asking. So they decided to pull the trigger on the deal which lands them cornerback Marcus Peters.
We don’t know exactly what the Rams have dealt away to Kansas City for Peters and nothing is official until March 14th.
All in all, the Chiefs have made some intriguing moves already. It’ll be interesting to see how their 2018 squad unfolds, what they receive from Los Angeles, how the sophomore plays at quarterback, and what direction they go in at April’s NFL Draft. They’ve already dismissed the status quo, so I can imagine their draft and free agency signings will be nothing less than peculiar to some — and brilliant to others.