In his first interview since the Chiefs agreed to trade him to the Rams for a pair of draft picks last week, cornerback Marcus Peters thanked Kansas City for taking a chance on him after he was suspended for disciplinary issues during the final season of his college career, and also became the latest player to offer a ringing endorsement of new Redskins quarterback Alex Smith.
“It’s business, and all I can do is just go handle mine,” Peters told NFL Network’s Michael Robinson on Monday of his reaction to the trade. “I thank the Kansas City Chiefs for everything they did for me to start it off. Now I’m going to L.A. I’m going to miss playing with my teammates for sure. That’s the biggest thing about this game . … Once you get in that locker room, that’s family. I miss the guys, man. I’ll miss Eric [Berry]. I’ll miss Justin [Houston]. I’m going to miss Coach [Andy] Reid.”
Peters, who was named the NFL’s defensive rookie of the year in 2015 after the Chiefs selected him with the 18th pick in the first round, became more expendable after Kansas City agreed to trade Smith to the Redskins for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round pick last month. Peters said he didn’t agree with the Chiefs’ decision to deal Smith, who posted a career-high 104.7 passer rating in 2017, to make way for rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the No. 10 overall pick in last year’s draft.
“Alex don’t get enough respect,” said Peters, who was suspended by the Chiefs for a game this season after he threw a penalty flag into the stands. “And they need to start putting some respect on that man’s name, because I’ve seen that man get thrown under the bus too many times and he took it as a man. And he never complained about it. He don’t turn over the ball, and he knows how to win. That was our fault for messing up the playoffs. That was our fault.”
Smith threw 26 touchdown passes and five interceptions during the regular season to help Kansas City to the AFC West title, but the Chiefs blew a 21-3 halftime lead to the Titans in what proved to be his — and Peters’s — final game with the team. Several other of Smith’s former Chiefs teammates have praised the quarterback since the trade, which won’t become official until the start of the new league year March 14.
“Can’t say enough about the guy,” tight end Travis Kelce wrote on Twitter. “One of the best competitors and teammates I’ve ever been around.”
“The ultimate leader of men on the field, and one of the best teammates you could have in the locker room,” center Mitch Morse added.
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