Three days later, no one knows what Rams are giving up for Marcus Peters

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On Friday, news broke that the Chiefs and Rams had reached a deal (not effective until March 14) for cornerback Marcus Peters. No one, however, knew the terms of the trade then, and no one knows them now.

It’s widely believed that the Rams won’t be surrendering a first-round pick or any players (at least any with name recognition) to Kansas City for Peters, a talented young cornerback who arrived via the 18th overall pick of the 2015 draft. With the Rams already giving up their 2018 second-round pick for receiver Sammy Watkins, it means (as Peter King of SI.com notes) that the Rams have given up from the coming draft the 87th overall pick, at most. It’s possible that a draft pick from 2019 is involved as well, maybe something as high as a second-round selection.

This feels like a wink-nod non-report-report from King, an effort to get ahead of the official announcement of terms in 16 days without actually reporting them. And it invites speculation that the Rams have agreed not to leak the compensation as part of the tentative deal, at the request of a Chiefs franchise that prefers to split the negative reaction to the trade into two parts: (1) news of the trade of a stellar performer; and (2) news of the less-than-stellar compensation.

Some would say it’s better to remove the Band-Aid in one motion. Others would prefer not compounding the initial outrage from fans and team-focused media by creating the impression that the Chiefs didn’t get fair compensation for Peters. Regardless, logic suggests that the silence of the Rams traces directly to a Patriots-style insistence on secrecy from the Chiefs — possibly under a Patriots-style threat that if word gets out regarding the terms, the Chiefs will pull the plug on the transaction.

12 responses to “Three days later, no one knows what Rams are giving up for Marcus Peters

  1. As a chiefs fan, I hope the rams leak, so the trade can be nixed. Peters is an AWESOME player, terrible attitude and very immature. Peters puts self before team, but he is too good to trade.

  2. Yes we will be gaining a professional flag thrower and american patriot. Hopefully the laidback environment will be a good for him. He will miss the BBQ however and great fans. KC looks like an awesome place to play and live.

  3. So the team would actually be in troouble if they gave out this info? Then what is the basis for news stories complaining they dont give it out?

  4. I’m glad they are getting something for him now. The Chiefs aren’t going to pay (at least I hope they aren’t going to pay) his asking price in FA. I say get what you can now, rather than a compensatory pick when he walks in FA.

  5. Marcus Peters was bounced from his college team for some reason—anger issues? His tenure in KC has been marked by spectacular plays and bouts of wretched immaturity. Will his talents be missed? Yes, of course, but Andy Reid & Co. are smart enough football people to know when to cut bait.

    But why is the compensation unannounced? Could it in fact be the Rams #1 draft choice and that the Rams are simply going forward with a campaign to persuade the fan base that Peters is worth the #1 pick?

    We’ll see.

  6. andy just put his guy in the personnel job and moved dorsey out. so regardless of what is said, andy is now running the whole show. history shows this is when the franchise begins to falter. andy is a plodder and a builder, but he is not a great talent picker and when put under pressure, makes a lot of inexplicable moves. this was a move to get a potential t.o. out of his locker room, but will alienate half the defense who know that kid has great talent. wait and see the player(s) obtained with the pick to see how well the chiefs were compensated for peters.

  7. rageviral says:
    February 26, 2018 at 6:20 am
    I know one thing they’re giving up. A harmonious locker room.

    You obviously do not know what you are talking about. Peters was well known as a bad influence on the locker room.

  8. jayhawk6 says:

    February 26, 2018 at 8:36 am

    But why is the compensation unannounced? Could it in fact be the Rams #1 draft choice and that the Rams are simply going forward with a campaign to persuade the fan base that Peters is worth the #1 pick?
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    Guy is absolutely worth a #1 pick… is there question? I would think its the Chiefs hiding with head in sand here… my fear is Chiefs had a fire sale and the base is going to be pissed.

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