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Revisiting the Ravens’ trade for Marcus Peters, one year later

What a move by Eric DeCosta

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One year ago, the Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta sent a fifth-round pick and LB Kenny Young to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for CB Marcus Peters.

Since then, Peters has played 15 games for the Ravens. In that time, he’s amassed 199 yards and two touchdowns on five interceptions. He’s helped take the Ravens’ secondary to the next level. Last week, he notched his first career sack. In all, the trade was undoubtedly a masterful flip by DeCosta to bolster the roster and demonstrate his desire to win.

What became of Kenny Young and the fifth round pick?

Young has stuck with the Rams. In 2019, he played in nine games, yet only amassed four tackles. In 2020, he’s started in two of five games played and has stepped up his play. He’s recovered a fumble, has one QB hit and totals 19 tackles. He hasn’t played particularly well, with PFF giving him a 29.5 overall grade in 2020.

The fifth-round pick sent by Baltimore was traded many times, which eventually ended up landing with the Chicago Bears, who, with pick No. 173 of the 2020 NFL draft, picked WR Darnell Mooney of Tulane.

The 23-year-old rookie has produced 160 yards on 15 catches and a lone touchdown in 2020. Not a bad get by Chicago.

Who won?

To no one’s surprise, the Ravens made out like bandits. Marcus Peters certainly won, too. He has produced great results on the field and in late December 2019, Peters signed a three-year extension with the Ravens for $42 million with $20.5 of it guaranteed.