Brett Veach: Marcus Peters trade had nothing to do with national anthem protests

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In announcing the trade of cornerback Marcus Peters to the Rams, the Chiefs issued fairly basic quotes from G.M. Brett Veach and coach Andy Reid. Veach separately met with the media, and he elaborated on the decision to move on from the 2015 first-rounder and high-end defensive back.

Among other things, Veach was asked whether Peters, who participated in national anthem protests, would have been traded if he had stood for every national anthem.

“Yes, absolutely,” Veach said. “This was a football decision. Again, dialogue that Coach and I had. This wasn’t just one game, wasn’t a month, this was three years of body of work, and we look for consistency. We felt that this was in the best interest of the team. When you process all the information, they’re tough decisions but what you do is you just go. There’s no second guessing. You make a decision you believe in, you have foundations and core philosophies that you believe that yield success. You take all the information and then you go in that direction and you don’t look back.”

Veach also was asked whether Peters’ eligibility for an extension was a factor.

“You think of everything,” Peters said. “You think of games, practices, certainly cap. We’re all aware that he was one year, [$]1.7 [million and] an option of [$]9 [million]. That’s two years, [$]10.7 [million], potential of a franchise tag. All those factors. I think the moves that we’ve made over the last year shows that we’re very cap conscious and we know what we want to do in regards to building a roster and maintain flexibility throughout the course of a year, two years, three years. I think everything we do isn’t done for just one year. Even the deals we’ve done I think if you really look into the structure, everything provides flexibility. Every factor is taken into consideration.”

So was there a final straw with Peters?

“Again, it’s a cumulative deal where you just process all the information and it’s not one thing, it’s not a final straw, it’s really Coach and I sitting back and looking at everything,” Peters said. “We do this with all players, it’s not just Marcus. With Alex [Smith], tough decision. Derrick Johnson, tough decision. We just analyze the whole body of work for how long, the duration they were here and then we say, ‘OK, this is where we’re going and this is what needs to be done and you just go.'”

And go they did. And Peters is gone. And he’ll get a chance to play the Chiefs in Mexico City as a member of the Rams this season.

16 responses to “Brett Veach: Marcus Peters trade had nothing to do with national anthem protests

  1. I’m guessing players who were protesting just have a habit of not being able to follow instructions.

  2. Kneeling to the flag was the most idiotic thing i had ever seen. Its protesting againt the symbol that lets u protest. Makes no sense.

  3. The people that think players like Peters were disrespecting the flag during their protests are annoying and struggle with basic thinking skills.

    Let me break it down for you…Thousands of middle and high school student across the country walked out of class today to protest the increased gun violence and lack of gun law reform. The kids aren’t protesting their school (since they walked out of class), they are making a statement to show lawmakers they are tired of their inaction when it comes to gun laws.

    The national anthem was used as a TOOL to bring attention to a problem. Players = Students, Flag = Anthem, Perceived injustice = Lack of gun law reform. Get it???

  4. He is a good player, no doubt about it but just because he is traded there is an assumption that this is over the national anthem? Many good players have been traded before, stop politicizing it

  5. dcnupe3 says:
    March 14, 2018 at 11:09 pm
    The people that think players like Peters were disrespecting the flag during their protests are annoying and struggle with basic thinking skills.

    Let me break it down for you…Thousands of middle and high school student across the country walked out of class today to protest the increased gun violence and lack of gun law reform. The kids aren’t protesting their school (since they walked out of class), they are making a statement to show lawmakers they are tired of their inaction when it comes to gun laws.

    The national anthem was used as a TOOL to bring attention to a problem. Players = Students, Flag = Anthem, Perceived injustice = Lack of gun law reform. Get it???

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    Unfortunately, you picked the wrong player to post this about.

    I support a players right to kneel and protest, that is what this country stands for, freedom to do what you want even if the powers that be do not like it. I am 100% in support of players like Kapernick, because he puts actions behind what he says.

    But that is not what Peters did. Where as other players knelt to protest, Peters did things such as continue to ride an exercise bike during the anthem. And if that was the end of it, I would still stand up for his right (even if it disgusts me). However, the piece that gives you real insight into Peters as a person is the fact that after he started not standing for the anthem he claimed it was as protest toward police violence. But when contacted the the Fraternal Order of Police in Kansas City with an offer to work together to fix the issue, he never replied. Let me be clear, he did not say no, he just plain ignored the offer. So he was protesting police violence, but when offered to actually do something to help fix the problem he was too uninterested to even reply.

    So in your analogy with the students, Peters is one of the students that does not care about gun reform, but just saw an opportunity to skip class.

    Having said that, I still defend his right to do everything I have accounted above. I just thing it makes him a P.O.S. that does not back up what he says he believes.

    Add that to the fact that he is not as good of a player as his reputation (check his stats and what actual game film), he is a selfish player, and he caused a lot of problems in the locker room. That is why I say good riddance.

  6. And he’ll get a chance to play the Chiefs in Mexico City as a member of the Rams this season.
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    Will he stand for Mexico’s national anthem and sit during the US anthem?

  7. The few times I watched a Chiefs game there’s this little part of the national Anthem that ends with “the home of the brave” but the crowd shouts “the home of the Chiefs”. Now this may have been the two games I watched so I can’t say they do it every contest, so if it’s a common thing let a fella know.

  8. campcouch says:
    March 15, 2018 at 6:34 am
    The few times I watched a Chiefs game there’s this little part of the national Anthem that ends with “the home of the brave” but the crowd shouts “the home of the Chiefs”. Now this may have been the two games I watched so I can’t say they do it every contest, so if it’s a common thing let a fella know.
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    Chiefs fans do it every game. But it does bring up a bigger point…is that disrespectful of the National Anthem?

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