Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
The Los Angeles Rams made a surprising move today by sending their all-pro cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens in a trade for second-year linebacker Kenny Young. Young, a fourth-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, comes back home to Los Angeles where he starred at UCLA.
Peters acquired via trade from the Kansas City Chiefs before the 2018 season, by sending a 2018 fourth-round pick and its 2019 second-round pick to Kansas City in exchange for Peters and a 2018 sixth-round pick.
Peters joins the Rams with 19 career interceptions and as a two-time pro-bowl selection in his first three seasons. His gambling style pressure made him one of the elite players in the league that gave quarterbacks second thoughts about throwing to his side.
In Peter's inaugural season with the Rams, he started the season strong playing against his hometown team, the Oakland Raiders. Peters sealed the game for the Rams when he picked Derek Carr and ran it back for a touchdown. It was a home reunion as he celebrated his touchdown with a memorial dive into the endzone for his cousin Marshawn Lynch.
However, in week three, trouble set in for Peters as he and the other starting cornerback Aqib Talib, who both sustained injuries in the game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Peters fought through his injury to prepare himself for the New Orleans Saints the following week. Despite his heroism of gutting out the pain, Peters struggled without Talib, being able to play his style of coverage.
Peters was in the final year of his rookie deal as the Rams signed his option last season for $9M this season. Rams drafted rookie cornerback David Long in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, who played at the University of Michigan. The Rams drafted Long to become the future cornerback of their defense once Talib's contract was up.
Acquiring Young in the trade for Peters and a fifth-round draft pick for the 2020 season, this trade does not make perfect sense, especially after the Rams place Talib on IR. The defense left with Troy Hill, Nikel Robey-Coleman, Darious Williams, and Long (who has been inactive all season), who can carry the defense as a press corner? Robey-Coleman, who mainly used as a slot corner, can do the job, and Hill has started a few games, but Williams and Long are raw.
Can we expect the Rams to go shopping for an elite high profiled cornerback in a trade? Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals and Jaylen Ramsey are two names that are looking to land on new teams. Let us see what will materialize in the next day or so.