The Los Angeles Rams have traded cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens. In the deal, the Ravens will be sending linebacker Kenny Young to the Rams. The deal was reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 15, 2019
Marcus Peters On the Move
Impact on Baltimore
This is a solid move for the Ravens. Make no mistake about, Marcus Peters is not very good. However, he is talented, and the reason this is a solid move for Baltimore is that he won’t have to play on the outside like he did in Los Angeles.
Peters likely won’t be taking the job of either Marlon Humphrey or Brandon Carr, but he will increase the depth and talent at that position. While Peters does get beat on a routine basis, he is talented and does show flashes from time-to-time.
Also, with this being the second team that has traded him, and him being in a contract year, it won’t be surprising to see him dialed in for the rest of the season.
What kind of impact will that ultimately have on Baltimore? It’s tough to say, but they added talent to their secondary with this move. Now it’s just on Peters to show up and be dialed in so he can have a positive impact.
Impact On Los Angeles
The main thing the Rams did here was save money. Kenny Young is only in his second season and he hardly makes any money. So while they are saving money in the short-term, they are also getting the rest of this season and two more seasons of control for a young linebacker who has shown flashes in limited snaps.
They also got a fifth-round pick in this deal. However, nobody will know the impact of that for a few years.
Also, with Aqib Talib (who is on IR), Nickell Robey-Coleman, and Troy Hill on the roster, this is a spot of okay depth for the Rams. They will, however, probably be turning to rookie David Long to take some of the playing time left by Peters.
Last season as a rookie, Young had 51 tackles, four for loss, and 2.5 sacks. This season he has only played 99 defensive snaps and has missed one tackle. Tackling is something that Young needs to sure up if he wants to be a long-time linebacker in the NFL.
He will likely come in and see more snaps defensively with the Rams, but he is also a capable player on special teams, giving the Rams a lot of potential value.
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