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Chiefs reporter’s guess on Marcus Peters trade: ‘second-round value at best’

It’s unclear what the Rams gave up to acquire Marcus Peters, but it sure sounds like the Chiefs were desperate to trade him.

There’s still no official word on the compensation in the trade that sent cornerback Marcus Peters from the Kansas City Chiefs to the Los Angeles Rams. Peters is one of the absolute best cornerbacks in the league, so many believed the conversation starter had to have been a first-round pick.

But there’s more to it than that. Peters’ issues on the field, in the locker room and wherever else are well-documented. He has a temper and he has an attitude problem, though of course, he still managed to be arguably the best cornerback in the NFL in his short time in the league.

Compensation is a moving target, but Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star offered up some educated guesses as well as some reporting. He’s a respected beat writer covering the Chiefs, and his guess, after some digging, is that the trade cost the Rams a “second-round value at best.”

As you can see, he also reports that the Chiefs have been trying to trade Peters for “three-plus weeks,” and that multiple teams were unsure if he’d “acclimate into their culture with a looming payday.”

That’s a pretty damning statement concerning one of the absolute best players in the league. John Lynch wants to do better when it comes to the locker room chemistry, so agan, it’s not surprising that the 49ers made some calls but were ultimately not enticed to make an offer. I have a source who also confirmed that “basically everyone was partly right about the Browns, they called, but were out of it very early on.”

The 49ers, to my understanding, were involved for a bit longer than that, but not by much. The Rams have rolled the dice, apparently to the tune of a second-round pick, though they don’t possess one for 2018. It’s unclear if that means multiple picks this year that would equate to a second-round value or if 2019 picks are also being considered.