News broke this evening that starting cornerback Marcus Peters has been traded from the Los Angeles Rams to the Baltimore Ravens. The 26-year-old is a former first-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015. He was then sent to the Rams for 2018 fourth and a 2019 second-round draft pick. The team announced that the return for Peters is linebacker Kenny Young and an undisclosed 2020 draft pick. 

So far this year, Peters has played six regular-season games for the Rams. In those games, he has recorded 14 tackles, two interceptions, a defensive touchdown and four pass defenses. His play with the Rams has been impressive, even though the defense has allowed nearly 100 points scored in the past three games. Coach Sean McVay and the Rams have fallen into a bit of a slump, losing to their division rival San Francisco 49ers this past week. Young has been a solid linebacker for Baltimore this year and will provide some help to this weak defensive unit. A fourth-round pick out of UCLA, Young had a strong rookie season, playing in all 16 games with four starts. He registered 51 tackles, 2.5 sacks and once forced fumble.

Baltimore, on the other hand, has put together an impressive season so far offensively. Their biggest concern has been the play of their defense. Peters will be able to provide a veteran spark that the team has been searching for since the departure of C.J. Mosley in the offseason. Head coach John Harbaugh has been critical of his defense so far this season.

“They are Trying to pursue too hard. Overplaying plays, overpursuing to the ball and things running behind us. Jumping things and things getting behind us. That was the issue, it wasn’t guys not doing enough.”

Peters will be a welcome addition as the Ravens continue to try an pull away from the pack in the AFC North. Peters is entering the final year of his four year nearly $10 million dollar contract. The move was surely made to help the Rams with their lack of cap space after giving big deals to Todd Gurley and Jared Goff. 

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