Jason La Canfora reported today that the future of Kansas City Chiefs star corner Marcus Peters might change in a hurry.
Continue to hear chatter that Marcus Peters may not be long for KC. Figure that intensifies next week at the combine
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February 19, 2018
ProFootballTalk also reported that various NFL executives were speculating if Peters may be available with all the moves the team has made for corners Kendall Fuller and David Amerson.The 2015 Defensive rookie of the year has been nothing less than stellar throughout his three years in the league, going to two pro bowls and leading the NFL in picks in 2015.
This season was no different as Peters was again one of the best corners in football, but he showed some maturity issues late in the season. The 25-year-old attempted to eject himself after an outburst in the Chiefs game against the Jets in December, before being brought back by his coaches to finish the game. This outburst fueled a reported rift with the Chiefs coaches, leading to a one-game suspension by head coach Andy Reid. Peters was kicked off his team in college at Washington University for issues with his coaches, and now this trait is starting to show on the NFL level.
Despite this, the Colts should pick up the phone right now if Peters is available. First off, Peters is an incredible talent, and with the talks from Connor Rodgers from Bleacher Report that the star defensive back may only garner an early second plus a mid-level player or pick, the value is too great to pass up. Peters is a Chris Ballard guy, and the main reason why Peters is even in Kansas City. When Chris Ballard was with the Chiefs, he was tasked with doing the background check on the embattled former Washington Husky. Ballard would meet with Peters family, friends, former teachers and former coaches in his hometown of Oakland, in the process building a personal relationship with Peters’ family and the corner himself, and this connection may drive Ballard to acquire the former first-round pick.
Peters fits the mold of what Ballard looks for in a corner, a tall, athletic defender with exceptional ball skills, and would fit seamlessly in the Indy defense for years to come. The Colts will have to extend Peters at some point soon, which could cost quite a lot, but they have a hole at corner right now since Pierre Desir and Rashaan Melvin are free agents. This will cause Ballard and company to spend money at the corner position anyways, so why not spend it on one of the most talented corners in all of football? Paring Peters with Quincy Wilson and ball-hawking safety Malik Hooker would instantly give the Colts one of the more electrifying secondaries in football,
This report may be all smoke and mirrors, blowing over in a few week, but if it has legs, Ballard need to make a move for Peters as soon as possible. The Colts have ways to go in their rebuild, but one way they can speed that up by adding an elite talent like Marcus Peters to the fold.
Article by: Maxx Hotton
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