Week 11 of Monday Night Football promises to be one of the most exciting showdowns in the entire year.
Not only do you have two 9-1 football teams going head-to-head, you have two high scoring and entertaining offenses going at it. But that’s not all. You also have WR Sammy Watkins and CB Marcus Peters going against their former teams.
Terez A. Paylor who is a Senior NFL writer for Yahoo Sports dove into some of the specifics of the trade between the Rams and Kansas City Chiefs for unquestionably talented but also unpredictable CB Marcus Peters. The piece is tremendous and I suggest you read the entire thing, but the part that stood out to me the most was this tidbit:
In the end, some in the locker room embraced his honesty, while others thought it was divisive. Internally, the club made the decision that it would not re-sign Peters — who was seeking $18 million a year — to a long-term deal when his contract expired. Instead of dealing with the distraction a potential holdout could cause, the Chiefs quietly shopped him around the league for three weeks and found only two serious bidders — San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Currently, the highest paid CB in the league is Washington Redskins CB Josh Norman who signed a five-year $75m contract with $36.5m in guaranteed money. The deal averages out to $15m per year.
The reason this is interesting is because the Rams invested a lot into Peters, but that begs the question, is he worth handing a massive contract that he’ll demand in one years time? Will his play improve? Will the Rams go into another ugly franchise tag dance as they did with former CB Trumaine Johnson?
One thing is for certain though, Peters has a chance to prove he’s still one of the top cornerbacks in the league with a strong performance tonight.