As the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams work there way to completing a blockbuster trade that will send Marcus Peters to Southern California, we’re starting to hear a bit more about the trade process.
Immediately after it was reported that Peters would in fact land with the Rams, other reports suggested that the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers were also in on acquiring the All-Pro corner from Kansas City.
Now, according to this tidbit from Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, the 49ers’ interest in Peters did not include a trade offer. This comes after NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport noted that San Francisco’s interest in Peters was lukewarm.
.@MikeGarafolo says the #49ers interest in #Chiefs CB Marcus Peters was lukewarm. I’d add the #Browns are described as the same. This wasn’t a showdown between the #49ers and #Rams. It was all LA and KC when it came down to it.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 23, 2018
This means that the Rams were pretty much bidding against themselves.
There’s nothing concrete out there telling us exactly what Los Angeles gave up to add Peters to the mix. The only suggestion here is that it’s going to be a package of picks. Without a second-rounder after dealing that selection to Buffalo last summer, the Rams are likely dealing their first-round pick as part of the package heading back to Kansas City.
San Francisco’s interest in adding a corner is by now well known. The team has already met with free agent Vontae Davis and will surely look at soon-to-be former Los Angeles Rams veteran Trumaine Johnson on the open market next month. GM John Lynch and Co. don’t have their original second-round pick after sending it to New England in the Jimmy Garoppolo deal. This means that any trade to the Chiefs’ liking would have likely had to include the 49ers’ first-round pick (ninth or 10th overall). San Francisco wasn’t about to give that up.
As it is, Garoppolo and Co. will now be tasked with going up against Peters twice per season. That adds even more intrigue to what promises to be a fierce NFC West rival between San Francisco and Los Angeles moving forward.