L.A. Rams fans believe Marcus Peters could deliver Super Bowl

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 26: Los Angeles Rams fans are seen during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 26: Los Angeles Rams fans are seen during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Kansas City Chiefs fans are outraged at the blockbuster trade that Rams pulled off to acquire Marcus Peters. Rams fans see hope.

The Kansas City Chiefs made a move last Friday afternoon that left most of Chiefs fans outraged when they traded star cornerback Marcus Peters and a sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for a 2018 fourth-round pick and 2019 second-round pick. The return wasn’t even close to what most fans thought that the young cornerback was worth.

Speculations have been made on why the Chiefs would make such a trade when they had control over him for the next three years for a reasonable price. Trading one of the best at the position on their rookie deal just doesn’t make sense to most fans. Rams fans, however, have embraced the trade and feel very hopeful of what could come from it.

I was able to talk to co-editor Dan Parzych of Ramblin Fan to get a look at how they were reacting to the big trade.

“For the most part, Rams fans seem excited about the trade for Peters,” said Parzych. “As great as Johnson has been over the years, fans knew it would cost a lot of money to bring him back since he’s going to receive plenty of high offers from other teams if Los Angeles wasn’t willing to spend. Plus, if Johnson does, in fact, leave in free agency, the Rams will save a ton of money that could potentially be used on other players.”

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The Rams had their own star cornerback in Trumaine Johnson but have failed to get a long-term deal done. They have spent the last two seasons franchise tagging the young cornerback. He will likely find a new home in 2018 with a hefty contract to come with it. Getting a top talent at the same position who’s still on his rookie deal was a perfect fit for the Rams situation.

“Potential-wise, I believe Peters is an upgrade, although Johnson in my mind is one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL. But when looking at how Peters has accounted for 24 turnovers in three seasons, 19 of which are interceptions, it’s easy to understand why Los Angeles was willing to take the risk on him, especially at a cheaper price. And if everything works out the way the Rams hope it will, they can worry about a future deal later on.”

Even if the Rams decide not to extend Peters later and make him the highest paid cornerback in league history, they still can control him and keep him in Los Angeles for three years. With their quarterback Jared Goff going into his third season in the league, they are saving on both contracts and able to spend that money that they would have spent on Johnson elsewhere during their Super Bowl window.

Under their new coaching staff, the team made it to the playoffs only to lose in the Wild Card round. With some experience under their belts in the postseason, one of the last seasons on the rise teams has a chance to sign some of their other positions who’s contracts are up and possibly bring in a couple more pieces through free agency. Fans are very optimistic about their chances at making a Super Bowl run in 2018 after not only getting a cheaper top corner but without giving up anything for him.

“Last year was a major step in the right direction for Los Angeles, despite their early exit in the playoffs. Football fans don’t always realize how much pressure goes into playing in the playoffs for the first time, but now that Jared Goff and company have a year of experience under their belt, this should benefit them in a big way during the 2018 season. All of a sudden, the team knows the feeling and pressure of what it’s like to play in the postseason. And when looking at all of the questions surrounding the rest of the teams in the NFC heading into 2018, I would strongly consider the Rams one of the top favorites to make a Super Bowl run, and wouldn’t be surprised at all if Peters comes through on his end by helping that happen by continuing to produce turnovers.”

Head coach Sean McVay will enter his second season with the Rams looking to improve off of their success in 2017 after being named Coach of the Year. This trade between the Chiefs and the Rams could be the piece that gives them that opportunity. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, formerly of the Denver Broncos, should be a great fit for Peters not only on the field but off as well. Phillips made things work with another high strung cornerback named Aqib Talib in Denver.

Only time will tell how this trade will work for both sides but Rams fans have every reason to feel good about their team going into 2018. Will they be able to use this move to capitalize and bring home the biggest game of the year?