Confirming rumors of the last few weeks that the Chiefs were willing to trade him, former Husky standout cornerback Marcus Peters was dealt by Kansas City on Friday to the Los Angeles Rams, according to multiple reports. Exactly what the Rams are giving up was not yet clear as of mid-morning Friday, though a report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network stated it was a “package” of draft picks. According to several reports, the Rams and 49ers were the only two teams seriously interested in trading for Peters, who played at UW from 2012-14 before being kicked off the team by coach Chris Petersen. That Peters went to UW had led to conjecture about the Seahawks’ potential interest, especially since Seattle could have some needs at cornerback depending on what happens with Richard Sherman and other potential free agents this year. But as the reports indicate, the Seahawks were apparently not in the hunt for Peters. As other teams may have been, the Seahawks might have been worried about the fact that the Chiefs were already willing to get rid of him, even though he has 19 interceptions in three seasons, more than anyone else in the NFL during that span. (Maybe most notably during what one beat writer has called a “tumultuous” 2017 season, Peters was suspended a game for walking off the field after throwing a flag at an official, though he had not been ejected.) The Rams also will now have to make a decision that the Chiefs apparently were balking at — whether to exercise an option on the fifth year of Peters’ rookie contract for around $9 million. That decision has to be made by May 3. Peters, though, may angle for a long-term extension and there are obvious potential complications that could come with that, not the least of which includes handing huge money to a player who has now had issues with two coaching staffs.
With former Husky Marcus Peters traded to the Rams, why were the Seahawks reportedly not interested?
Seattle Times | Feb 24