Report: The Colts Were Interested in Trading for Marcus Peters

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 19: Marcus Peters
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 19: Marcus Peters /

Marcus Peters was recently traded to the Rams, but the Chiefs reportedly reached out to the Colts before sending him to Los Angeles.

The Kansas City Chiefs have pulled the trigger on a couple of major trades already this offseason with the second move sending Marcus Peters and a sixth round pick to the Rams in exchange for L.A.’s fourth round pick and a 2019 second round pick.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Chiefs reached out to some general managers that they were familiar with to begin the Peters trade talks. That included Colts general manager Chris Ballard, who worked in Kansas City’s front office from 2013-16, and Browns general manager John Dorsey, who was the Chiefs’ general manager during that same period.

Rapoport said that the Colts showed “some measure of interest, but were never quite willing to pay the price the Rams did.”

Peter King also reported that the Chiefs reached out to every other NFL team, but only three organizations showed any serious interest.

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Indianapolis had the league’s worst pass defense last year, and they must’ve thought that adding a shutdown cornerback like Marcus Peters would definitely give a boost to the Colts’ secondary.

However, if Chris Ballard can convince Rashaan Melvin to re-sign with the Colts this offseason, they could have a really solid pair of outside cornerbacks if Quincy Wilson takes a step forward in his second NFL season. Peters certainly would’ve been an upgrade at that position, but Ballard determined the cost was too high for a player that has had some character issues during his career.

The Colts may still add a cornerback in the draft or free agency, but they determined this wasn’t the right move for the team.

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