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Marcus Peters still believes in Marcus Peters. Do the Rams? – Los Angeles Rams Blog


THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — At least this time it wasn’t the official’s flag, like the one he threw last season, that he chucked into the stands at MetLife Stadium.

Marcus Peters was looking to break out of a slump. Nine weeks had passed since the Los Angeles Rams cornerback intercepted a pass.

And Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, Peters saw a chance to make it happen. Or so he thought.

Peters pressured Doug Baldwin as the Seahawks receiver burst off the line, but he held onto Baldwin just a little too long, before he turned and picked off a haphazard pass from Russell Wilson. An official threw a flag, and Peters appeared bewildered that he’d drawn a penalty.

Before the referee announced the ruling, Peters threw the football into the stands at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, then turned to the field and readied himself for the next play.

This season, Peters hasn’t been under any false impressions. The fourth-year pro knows he’s been getting beaten too much, and he’ll be the first to tell you. But Peters, who has a league-high 20 interceptions since 2015, said he’s still “a top f—ing corner in the league.”

The question is, as the Rams (9-1) prepare for a Monday night showdown (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN) against Peters’ former team — the Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) — what has to happen for the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback to play like it?


The Rams caught the attention of the NFL in the offseason when they traded for Peters, giving a fourth-round pick this year and a second-round pick in 2019 to the Chiefs. They were serious about upgrading their defense, and intent on making a Super Bowl run.

The Chiefs, perhaps, had a message of their own: Peters, for all his talent and playmaking ability, wasn’t worth the headache before and after the whistle.

In Kansas City, chairman Clark Hunt was upset about Peters’ protests during the national anthem. The two eventually compromised around midseason, and from that point Peters stayed in the locker room until the anthem was finished.

More publicly, a camera caught Peters directing an expletive at a fan behind the Chiefs’ bench. And later in the season, things got downright bizarre. In a game against the New York Jets, Peters was penalized after throwing an official’s flag into the stands. Peters then retreated to the locker room even though he had not been ejected from the game, and later returned, not wearing his game socks.

When Peters arrived in L.A., he addressed a reputation that preceded him, and has not looked back.

Coaches and teammates have welcomed Peters for who he is, brutal honesty and all, no matter the time or setting. And unlike in Kansas City, Peters has kept the scenes to a minimum.

There was the ode to Marshawn Lynch in Oakland — when Peters leaped backward and grabbed his crotch as he returned an interception for a touchdown. The gesture earned him a $13,000 fine.

And, from his “s—, pay the man” analysis of Aaron Donald‘s contract dispute to the in-depth description of his “f— it syndrome,” there has been the occasional curse-laden, viral-sensation media sessions.

Most recently, Peters was asked about Sean Payton’s comments that the New Orleans Saints coach got the matchup he wanted on a 72-yard touchdown pass to Michael Thomas, on which Peters was the defender.

“Tell Sean Payton to keep talking that s—. We going to see him soon, you feel me?” Peters said. “Because I like what he was saying on the sidelines, too. So tell him to keep talking that s—. I hope he see me soon, you feel me? Then we going to have a good lil, nice lil bowl of gumbo together.”

While the Chiefs had their fill of Peters, the Rams have not wavered publicly in their support.

Peters, to his credit, has boldly accepted one of head coach Sean McVay’s biggest tenets: accountability. And his “get beat, move on” message has resounded through the organization, even if Peters’ delivery and personality haven’t always jibed with the Rams’ buttoned-up, football-first public persona.

“He isn’t in the business of fluff,” cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman said.


Peters, 25, made his name with the Chiefs playing mostly off-man coverage in a scheme that allowed the 6-foot, 195-pound corner to rely on his instincts, ability to diagnose the quarterback and ball skills. In a word: freelancing. In three seasons, Peters was named the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year, earned first-team All-Pro honors and forced 24 turnovers, including a league-high 19 interceptions and five forced fumbles.

With the Rams, he has struggled to adjust to defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ 3-4 scheme designed for the corners to often play press coverage at the line of scrimmage. Peters’ eyes too often have fixated on the quarterback, and too often his receiver has taken advantage. It also hasn’t helped that veteran Aqib Talib, who starred in Phillips’ scheme when the Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl, has been on injured reserve since Week 4.

But Phillips said the Saints breakdown was his fault. There was Peters standing across from Thomas — who was on pace for a record day — as free safety Lamarcus Joyner crept closer to the box. Peters looked to his left, hollered at teammates and waved his arm. Before he knew it, Thomas sprinted past him.

Peters — about four yards off Thomas — jumped in a desperate attempt to break up the play, but with no safety help deep, Thomas took it in for a touchdown, busted out a cell phone and delivered a final dagger in the Rams’ first loss of the season.

“I’m putting that on me,” Phillips said. “Any time that it’s third-and-7, it’s the end of the game and you’ve got one-on-one with no help with their best player, then that’s on the coaches.”

It also proved to be a career day for Thomas, who caught 12 passes for a franchise-record 211 receiving yards. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Peters was the nearest defender on eight of Thomas’ targets; he caught six of them for 127 yards and a touchdown.

“Regardless of what Coach called, we’ve got to go out there and make plays,” Peters said. “And we just didn’t — I didn’t execute.”

Peters was also beaten deep for scores in games against the Chargers, Vikings, Packers and in the first meeting with the Seahawks.

Peters has been the nearest defender on seven touchdown passes, the most given up by a cornerback this season, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. His lone interception came in Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders, and his touchdown-to-interception ratio sits at 7-1 this season, compared with 4-3 in 2017. And targeted receivers are averaging 11.5 yards per target against him, the fifth-highest rate allowed by a cornerback with at least 25 such targets.

“In a lot of instances he’s isolated one-on-one with the other team’s best receiver and that’s come up throughout various times this season,” McVay said. “There’s going to be an element of, those great players will make some of their plays. I think the standards that Marcus has for himself, that we have for him, we expect him to play and make some of those plays.”

Despite a lack of results, Rams coaches have maintained their confidence in Peters’ ability to thrive in their system. Peters realizes he hasn’t lived up to the reputation he built with the Chiefs, and that his performance for the rest of the season will go a long way in determining his future.

“When you perform in this league as much as I did, and you come in and you are one of these players who makes those plays, and used to making those plays, and those plays not coming, it kind of frustrates you,” Peters said. “But when you’ve got an offense and defense as talented as this is, it’s just all about finding your groove and finding where you fit in through everything.”


This offseason, a decision likely will need to be made about Peters’ future. He is in the fourth year of his five-year rookie deal, and is scheduled to make $1.74 million this season and $9.06 million next.

But beyond 2019? The Rams don’t have a recent history of giving long-term deals to defensive backs. Janoris Jenkins departed in free agency to sign with the New York Giants, and Trumaine Johnson signed with the Jets.

Peters doesn’t want to leave L.A. He’s happy with the coaching staff, the culture and environment with his teammates. But the question remains: Can he produce enough over the final six games and playoffs to keep the Rams happy and prove he’s worth a long-term extension?

Peters hasn’t addressed any contract talk, choosing to focus on the immediate future and playing to his standard.

After Sunday’s victory, Peters posted a photo of himself on Twitter, clad in the Rams’ yellow-and-blue throwback jersey, a smile plastered across his face.

“Back on track,” Peters wrote.

For Peters, Monday night is another opportunity to show the Chiefs what they gave away, and a stage to prove to the Rams that they made the right decision.

“With me, I’m going to continue to fight,” Peters said. “That’s the type of player I am. Who gives a s—, you’re going to get beat in football. But you go out there, you compete to the highest of your ability, and s— happens.”

ESPN’s Adam Teicher contributed to this report.



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Marcus Peters of Los Angeles Rams tells Saints’ Sean Payton ‘keep talking’


THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — A rematch with the New Orleans Saints can’t come soon enough for Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters.

On Thursday, Peters was asked about Saints coach Sean Payton’s postgame comment that the Saints got the matchup they wanted when Drew Brees threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to Michael Thomas, whom Peters was covering. The play helped seal the Saints’ win, as the Rams suffered their first loss of the season, 45-35, last Sunday.

“They were going to travel Marcus to him, and that was fine by us,” Payton said after the game. “We thought we really liked that matchup — a lot.”

After practice Thursday, Peters shared his own thoughts.

“Tell Sean Payton to keep talking that s—. We going to see him soon, you feel me?” Peters said. “Because I like what he was saying on the sidelines too. So tell him to keep talking that s—. I hope he see me soon, you feel me? Then we going to have a good li’l, nice li’l bowl of gumbo together.”

Thomas had a career day against the Rams and set a new franchise record for most receiving yards in a single game with 211.

Thomas caught 12 of 15 passes that he was targeted on.

According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Peters was the nearest defender on eight targets against the Saints, all of which were to Thomas. Thomas caught six of the eight targets for 127 yards and a touchdown.

After the game, Peters said he “just got beat” on the 72-yard play, which came on third-and-7 with 3:52 left, and that he was not pleased with his performances the last couple of weeks.

“Got up there in press, came back, he just beat me off the line,” Peters said. “Looked back and tried to make a play on the ball. S— happens like that in football.”



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Philadelphia Eagles optimistic on RT Jason Peters’ biceps injury while awaiting test results


PHILADELPHIA — Eagles coach Doug Pederson struck an optimistic tone when discussing the biceps injury to standout left tackle Jason Peters, while cautioning that all of the test results are not yet in.

“Early indication, I don’t want to speculate too much, is positive,” he said. “Kind of a day-to-day [situation] and I’ve just got to wait and make sure that all of the information is accurate.”

Peters left the game early in the second half against the New York Giants Thursday after extending his arms to try and block a defender who was shooting the gap. The NFL Network reported that he tore his bicep, but that it’s an injury he should be able to play through.

The 36-year-old Peters suffered a season-ending ACL and MCL injury last year, and this season has been playing through a quad strain. He was replaced in the lineup Thursday by Halapoulivaati Vaitai.

Right tackle Lane Johnson had to leave early as well after re-aggravating a high ankle sprain sustained last week against the Minnesota Vikings. Isaac Seumalo slid from guard to tackle when he went down.

Slot cornerback Sidney Jones, meanwhile, exited with a hamstring injury. Pederson described him as “week-to-week,” a designation that typically means a player will miss time.

Rookie Avonte Maddox, who has been playing safety the past two weeks, is a candidate to replace Jones in the slot.



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Los Angeles Rams CB Marcus Peters unlikely to play


Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters, listed as questionable with a calf injury, is unlikely to play Thursday night against the Vikings, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Rams would then be without both starting cornerbacks, Peters and Aqib Talib, who is having ankle surgery Thursday. Peters and Talib both went down in Sunday’s win over the Chargers.

Peters went down in the second quarter and was sidelined for the rest of the game. He walked out of the locker room afterward wearing a walking boot on his right foot.

Talib was hurt in the second half and left the locker room with the help of a crutch, wearing a boot on his left foot.

On the Vikings side, the team is optimistic that running back Dalvin Cook will play Thursday, despite a hamstring injury, a source told Schefter. The team still wants to see him pregame before making a decision, but the Vikings are encouraged.



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Marcus Peters, Los Angeles Rams CB, suffers calf injury


LOS ANGELES — Rams cornerback Marcus Peters suffered a calf injury in the first half against the Chargers and will not return to the game, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Peters was helped off the field by trainers and taken to the locker room on a cart.

Peters, 25, was injured on a 27-yard pass from Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers to tight end Antonio Gates.

The Rams acquired Peters, who leads the NFL with 20 interceptions dating to 2015, in an offseason trade with the Kansas City Chiefs.

This season Peters has four tackles, a pass deflection and in Week 1 he intercepted a pass by Derek Carr and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown in a victory over the Oakland Raiders.



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Rams’ Marcus Peters fined for Marshawn Lynch tribute celebration


THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters‘ tribute to Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch turned out to be a costly one.

The NFL fined Peters more than $13,000 for grabbing his crotch as he jumped backward into the end zone for a touchdown in a season opening victory over the Raiders last Monday.

“Yeah, it’s a lot of money,” Peters said after practice Friday. “But it was worth it.”

Rams coach Sean McVay said he thought the celebration, dubbed as “The Beastmode” by Peters, was good-natured.

“He’s got a close relationship with Marshawn,” McVay said. “This was something that he had discussed with him before if he was going to be able to make a play like that so it was a good way for those guys to kind of have an inside joke, laugh about it and I think it all was in fun and lighthearted.”

Peters, who grew up in Oakland, intercepted a pass by Derek Carr with 1:59 remaining in the game and returned it 50 yards for the score.

Peters, acquired by the Rams in an offseason trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, finished with three tackles, an interception and pass deflection in the 33-13 victory.

“It’s all paying respect and loving the game of what we was playing,” Peters said. “Who knows if this [is] Marshawn’s last year playing in the league. S—, we was up, closed the game out, no better way to go out in Oakland, who knows the next time we’ll get to play the Raiders in Oakland, they’re going to Vegas in what? A year and a half?

“So it was something that was well deserved for the hometown.”

Lynch, also from Oakland and to whom Peters refers as his cousin, incurred a similar fine, $11,000, in 2014 for the same gesture. Lynch was fined $20,000 for doing it again a month later.

After the Rams’ victory, McVay awarded Peters with a game ball.



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Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters: Defensive backfield BFFs – Los Angeles Rams Blog


IRVINE, Calif. — Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters glanced at each other and giggled.

After bypassing the parking lot and adventuring off-road, they stashed their golf cart on a grass field in the shadow of a large tent, convinced they had commandeered the fastest ride among the Los Angeles Rams‘ training camp fleet. Hiding it ensured that no teammates would find and steal it after a long day.

They hurried to the locker room, grinning like school boys getting away with mischief.

The pair often wore the same expression through the Rams’ three-week training camp as they retreated to the sideline after wreaking havoc on the Rams’ receivers.

“They bring, really, a lot of confidence,” Rams head coach Sean McVay said. “A lot of swagger.”

The Rams acquired Talib, 32, and Peters, 25, during a series of offseason trades, and the pair has been nearly inseparable ever since. Throughout camp at UC Irvine, they shared a dorm room and a golf cart to shuttle around campus, talking about “football and family,” Peters said.

During practices, they often stood shoulder-to-shoulder on the sideline.

“It’s been real cool,” Talib said. “He’s learning the defense; I know the defense.”

Together, the cornerbacks replace Trumaine Johnson and Kayvon Webster from a unit that ranked 13th in pass defense and 19th overall last season, as the Rams won the NFC West and made their first playoff appearance in 13 years.

Peters and Talib became part of a blockbuster offseason that also included the acquisition of defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, as the Rams set out to find players better suited to fit defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ 3-4 scheme, which is designed to have cornerbacks play man-to-man and make plays on the ball.

“They’re both elite players,” said Phillips, who has experience coaching Talib. “Aqib obviously was in the system before, so I think he gives [Peters] a few more pointers. But their relationship is really good, and that’s what you want.”

Talib, an 11th-year pro who is a five-time Pro Bowl selection and has 34 career interceptions, won a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos playing in Phillips’ defense. Peters, a fourth-year pro, has a league-high 19 interceptions over the past three seasons, and he was voted to the Pro Bowl in his first two seasons.

After facing the duo through camp, quarterback Jared Goff said their playmaking skills would help improve both sides of the ball. They forced Goff to be a more precise signal-caller.

“You have to be really accurate,” Goff said. “If you don’t throw it exactly where you need to, they’ll make you pay. And if you’re late, they’ll make you pay.”

The Rams traded for Talib two weeks after acquiring Peters. The 18th overall pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015, Peters was thrilled to discover he’d play with a cornerback of Talib’s pedigree.

“I get to get some more targets this year ’cause now I got a person who is on the same playing level as me,” Peters said. “Not saying nothing against who I played [with] in the past; just saying that I got another defensive back who is highly rated … that quarterbacks got that much respect for him too. So you got to pick and choose your battles now.”

Talib, who is scheduled to earn $11 million this season and $8 million in 2019 before his contract expires, is a self-described “social butterfly” and has embraced a leadership role as an extra voice in Phillips’ defense on the field.

“I just be me, man,” Talib said.

While Talib and Peters boast impressive résumés, both also have hit bumps in the road that have resulted in dubious reputations.

After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Talib with the 20th overall pick in 2008, he was involved in a series of incidents and in 2012 was suspended for four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. The Buccaneers traded him to the New England Patriots, where he played through the 2013 season. In 2016, with the Broncos, he made headlines when he accidentally shot himself in the leg. More recently, Talib was involved in a pair of what have become infamous chain-snatching incidents with receiver Michael Crabtree.

Now in the twilight of his career, Talib has shown maturity. There was no such incident with Crabtree when the two faced each other in a joint practice in Baltimore last week.

As a young player, Talib followed Ronde Barber to watch film and prepare for games. He said it also would have been helpful to have someone guide him off the field. He is convinced he can lend a voice to Peters, whose love for the game, he said, has often been overshadowed by the adversity he has faced.

“He reminds me of myself,” Talib said. “I love football and that’s what people don’t talk about enough.”

In 2014, Peters was kicked off the University of Washington football team, and last season, the Chiefs suspended him one game when he threw a penalty flag into the stands before exiting the field for the locker room. He also got into a verbal altercation with a coach.

“I think I can help him,” Talib said of Peters. “Just telling him how I’ve handled situations that I’ve been through in the past and what I think he should do.”

Peters is scheduled to earn $1.7 million in the fourth season of his five-year rookie deal and will likely seek an extension before the start of next season. He expressed confidence in his ability to move on from the past.

“My growing pain is easy,” Peters said. “I mean, all growing pains is easy because you grow from it.”

Together, Talib and Peters are considered among the best tandems in the league. But Talib is hesitant to jump on board with that label just yet.

“It’s just on paper right now,” Talib said. “We’ll see.”

If there’s one certainty, it’s that their ride with the Rams this season will not lack for entertainment. And if it goes the Rams’ way, it will involve a lot of grins between Talib and Peters as they jog off the field.





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Marcus Peters expects win when facing Kansas City Chiefs, his ex-team – Kansas City Chiefs Blog


Cornerback Marcus Peters had some interesting things to say in his first public remarks since the Kansas City Chiefs agreed to trade him to the Los Angeles Rams.

Foremost were his comments about next season’s game between the Rams and Chiefs in Mexico City. Asked during an appearance on NFL Network what he was expecting in that game against the Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, Peters said, “I’m expecting turnovers and I’m expecting a win. [Mahomes] knows how to give me the ball.”

Peters went on to say he didn’t agree with the Chiefs’ decision to trade Alex Smith. The Chiefs have agreed to send Smith to Washington to make room in the starting lineup for Mahomes.

“Alex don’t get enough respect and they need to start putting some respect on that man’s name,” Peters said. “I’ve seen that man’s name get thrown under the bus too many times and he took it as a man. He never complained about it. He don’t turn over the ball. That was our fault for messing up the playoffs.”

Peters said he was surprised after being traded to hear speculation that he had problems with Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who suspended Peters for a game late last season. Peters was disciplined after throwing an official’s penalty flag into the stands, retreating to the locker room without being ejected and then returning to the sideline without his game socks.

“He was looking in the best interests for me to become a better player,” said Peters, who at one point referred to Reid by his nickname of Big Red. “They already knew I had some so-called character issues off the field that happened [in college at Washington] and they took me. All they told me was, ‘Come on, we’re going to take you and we’re going to grow together.’ We grew for those three years. It was cool. Sometimes, it’s just business.

“I put it on my own shoulders. I don’t blame nobody for nothing I do. Once I threw that flag into the stands, I knew what was going to happen. I shouldn’t have walked off. I had to go take a shower. I came back and my socks and stuff were gone.

“It’s business. All I can do is just go handle mine. I thank the Kansas City Chiefs for everything they did starting off. Now I’m going to L.A. I’m going to miss playing with my teammates, for sure. Once you get into that locker room, that’s family. I’m going to miss the guys. I’m going to miss Eric [Berry], Justin [Houston]. I’m going to miss Coach Reid.”



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Kansas City Chiefs to get two Los Angeles Rams picks for Marcus Peters


The Kansas City Chiefs will receive a 2018 fourth-round pick and a 2019 second-round pick from the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for cornerback Marcus Peters and a 2018 sixth-round pick, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The trade, which was originally agreed to Friday, cannot be officially announced until the start of the 2018 league year on March 14.

“It’s business,” Peters said in an appearance on “NFL Total Access” on the NFL Network. “That’s it. It’s business. All I can do is just go handle mines.”

Peters, the 18th overall pick in 2015, would presumably step in as the Rams’ primary cornerback, which might spell the end of Trumaine Johnson‘s tenure with the team. Peters has compiled 19 interceptions in his first three NFL seasons, was named first-team All-Pro in 2016 and made Pro Bowl appearances in 2015 and 2016.

But Peters also joins the Rams with some character concerns. He was thrown off his college team at Washington for an altercation with an assistant coach. In December, he was suspended by the Chiefs for one game after tossing an official’s penalty flag into the crowd and then retreating to the locker room without being ejected during a game against the New York Jets.

Peters was also seen at different times on the sideline last season shouting at defensive coordinator Bob Sutton or others. In at least one instance, he directed expletives at a group of fans behind the Chiefs’ bench. The Rams are hopeful that a change of scenery can help fix that.

“I am the Tasmanian devil because I’m going to go take the ball any way I want,” Peters said. “Just let me make plays. Let me make plays. Let me bring my energy.”

Peters’ 49.0 disrupted dropbacks — a measure that combines interceptions, sacks, batted passes and passes defended — from 2015 to 2017 are tied for third in the league. Since the 1970 merger, only Richard Sherman, Ed Reed and Everson Walls had more interceptions in their first three seasons.

Peters will cost $1.74 million toward the salary cap this season. The Rams will have until May 3 to pick up Peters’ fifth-year option for 2019.

“We’re going to win games,” Peters said. “When you’ve got a running back like I do, when you’ve got a front seven like I do now, all you can do is just keep making plays. Get the ball back to Todd, let him do his thing, get the ball to Jared, let him do his thing.”

ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez and Adam Teicher contributed to this report.



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Soon-to-be traded to Los Angeles Rams, Marcus Peters thanks Kansas City in post


Cornerback Marcus Peters, who is expected to be traded by the Chiefs to the Los Angeles Rams after the new NFL league year begins on March 14, thanked Kansas City in an Instagram post Sunday.

The Rams are expected to send draft picks to the Chiefs in exchange for Peters, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Peters would presumably step in as the Rams’ primary cornerback, which might spell the end of Trumaine Johnson‘s tenure with the team. Peters has compiled 19 interceptions in his first three NFL seasons and was named first-team All-Pro in 2016, the second of back-to-back Pro Bowl appearances.

But Peters also joins the Rams with some character concerns. He was thrown off his college team at Washington for an altercation with an assistant coach. In December, he was suspended by the Chiefs for one game after tossing an official’s penalty flag into the crowd and then retreating to the locker room without being ejected during a game against the New York Jets.

Peters was also seen at different times on the sideline last season shouting at defensive coordinator Bob Sutton or others. In at least one instance, he directed expletives at a group of fans behind the Chiefs’ bench. The Rams are hopeful that a change of scenery can help fix that.

Rams coach Sean McVay, who was at the Westin Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday to accept his NFC Coach of the Year honor at the 101 Awards, was asked about the trade.

“Right now, just because of where we’re at in the league year, you can’t make it official, so you have to be careful with some of the tampering,” McVay told the Kansas City Star. “But in a quick nugget, he’s a great player.”

McVay also talked about his team’s culture.

“These are grown men, and it starts with the mutual respect that exists, where they know it’s about developing and building relationships,” McVay told the Star. “If we’re going to ask our players to be coachable, we’ve got to be coachable as coaches as well. That displays an ownership and an accountability that we try to all have and makes the players more receptive to the messages we try to implement.”

As for discipline, McVay said his players “know exactly what the expectations are, what our standards are, and they know what it is to do it the right way.”

The Peters acquisition gives the Rams salary-cap flexibility, which they could use on pending free agents such as safety Lamarcus Joyner and wide receiver Sammy Watkins. It also helps them sign defensive tackle Aaron Donald to an extension that is expected to eventually make him the game’s highest-paid defensive player.

ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez and Adam Teicher contributed to this report.





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