Kansas City Chiefs: The 5 biggest moves of Brett Veach’s first year as general manager

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2. Trade Marcus Peters

Several things were true about Marcus Peters’ time in Kansas City. Yes, he was a truly rare talent, an elite pass defender and ballhawk who could single-handedly change the course of a game at any moment. Yes, he was also an emotional player who, at times, expressed himself in ways that frustrated the team’s fan base.

It speaks volumes that Marcus Peters has more takeaways than any other player in the NFL over the last three seasons—and it’s not even close. It also speaks volumes that the Chiefs couldn’t get more in return than a 4th round pick in the present and a 2nd round pick in 2019 for Peters in a league where great corners are never, ever made available.

You can agree or disagree with the Chiefs’ decision to trade away Peters, but what’s done is done. Veach now has to hope that his total return in the offseason is enough to offset Peters’ presence in the secondary. If the Chiefs experience a sudden inability to force a turnover or if the pass defense is getting burned on a regular basis, Veach willl have to answer many questions about this transaction in particular.

As for the new, Armani Watts was the first of two picks received for Peters, and if the young safety can secure Ron Parker’s old spot pretty quickly, Chiefs fans can at least feel a bit better about things for now. Speaking of, let’s move on.