Revisiting the Chiefs-Rams Trade for Marcus Peters

Looking back at the trade that sent cornerback Marcus Peters from the Chiefs to the Rams.
Looking back at the trade that sent cornerback Marcus Peters from the Chiefs to the Rams. / Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Remember when Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters was plying his trade with the Kansas City Chiefs? And remember when the Chiefs shipped him off to the Los Angeles Rams? That happened nearly two years ago, which honestly feels like an eternity. Since then, LA lost a Super Bowl and KC won one.

That got us thinking, how exactly did the trade fare for both the Chiefs and Rams? We've got you covered.

Chiefs-Rams Marcus Peters Trade Details

  • Rams Received: Marcus Peters, Kansas City's 2018 sixth-round pick
  • Chiefs Received: Rams' 2018 fourth-round pick, 2019 second-round pick

At the time, the Rams looked like the initial winners of the trade, as Peters helped solidify their dominant defense during the 2018 season. While he didn't play at the highest level of his career, Los Angeles was able to reach Super Bowl LIII, though they ultimately lost to the New England Patriots.

The Peters-Los Angeles marriage didn't last long, as the organization later shipped him off to Baltimore in order to clear the way for their subsequent trade for Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey. While Peters' production in Los Angeles dropped even further in 2019, he regained his form with the Ravens and proved to be the pivotal piece they needed to establish their defense and surprise the NFL.

As for the Chiefs, they got Los Angeles' 2018 fourth-rounder, which netted them Texas A&M safety Armani Watts. But what did Kansas City do with their newly gained 2019 second-rounder? Why, they drafted Virginia safety Juan Thornhill. The rookie had a tremendous start to his rookie season, recording 58 tackles, five passes defensed, and three interceptions (one for a touchdown) before tearing his ACL in late December.

Who Won the Rams-Chiefs Marcus Peters Trade?

All told, the Chiefs came out on top here.

Any time you can trade a disgruntled DB and get one of the brightest young safeties in the league in Thornhill, you're the undisputed winner. As for the Rams, this is yet another trade that blew up in their faces, especially considering they traded Peters away after not even two full seasons in town.