If you have ever had the chance to see Marcus Peters perform on the field it is like watching some sort of WWE star in between plays.
His enraged filled face along with screaming bloody murder after stopping a team on third down all came across national television as some sort of villain like character.
Those theories held by fans have never been questioned.
In fact, even when he was getting drafted most scouts and general managers wouldn’t give him a look due to his attitude issues.
Andy Reid bit the bullet and snagged Peters in the first round, despite all the questions on whether he would be able to mature into a young man that could lift up a locker room.
The one thing Reid nailed was his on field skill.
Peters has forced 26 turnovers over his first three seasons in the NFL. He also has had a knack for finding the football, as 21 of his 26 turnovers have been interceptions.
That is more picks than legends like Deion Sanders, Champ Bailey and even Darrelle Revis had in their first three season. In fact, that is the most interceptions in someone’s first three years in the league besides future hall of famer Ed Reed who had 22.
He has defended more passes than any other corner in the league over the last three seasons at 55. Since entering the league he has allowed the second lowest passer rating among starting corners, keeping quarterbacks at meer 60.7 percent quarterback rating.
His ability to completely lock down his entire third of the field is an unmatched ability very few corners attain in the National Football League.
However, his talent wasn’t enough for Kansas City… or in other words his attitude was just too much for the organization to take.
In week 13 against the Jets, Peters threw a flag into the stands after another Chiefs player got called for pass interference.
He was rightly walked to the locker room by KC personnel and we did not see him enter the field again that day.
Peters was suspended for the next weeks game by Reid due to supposedly cursing out an assistant coach on the way to the team bus after that loss to the Jets.
In my opinion, that is unacceptable behavior for someone who should now be a veteran in this league at this point in his career.
Without Peters the Chiefs held Oakland to 104 yards and held the Raiders scoreless until it was already 24-0 late in the third quarter. I believe that was an experiment for Reid and by that time the idea of saying goodbye to Peters was something he was already possibly mulling over in his head.
With all that said, I think what the Chiefs decided to do what was best for the team long term.
The question is…is a fourth round pick this year and a second round pick in the 2019 draft enough for the 2 time pro-bowler and turnover machine?
Why did the Chiefs settle for this?
Apparently Kansas City contacted each of the other 31 NFL teams and only three responded. One of which was the Colts who have Chris Ballard serving as their GM, the man who was largely responsible for getting Peters in red and gold in the first place.
Ballards offer consisted of a handful mid-round picks, which is practically an insult for a player of Peters caliber. Not even the Cleveland Browns with their recently hired GM John Dorsey, who once held that position in Kansas City the previous four years wanted apart of him.
Those two situations, prove that not everyone who has worked with him in the past, is willing to do it again or at least don’t think he is worth a high draft pick despite his numbers. The remaining two teams who went hard after him were the 49ers and Rams and since the Chiefs had established that they needed to move on they took the best deal and ran with it.
I think with a new GM in Brett Veach who had nothing to do with drafting Peters, he saw an opportunity to lighten up a locker room filled with bright young talent and get a potential cancer out of KC before it was too late.
With that being said, the Rams just acquired a top tier cornerback in the league and moved themselves one step closer to a super bowl.
Written by: Mac Malachy
Edited by: Sam Forman