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The Baltimore Ravens have traded ILB Kenny Young and a 5th-round pick to the L.A. Rams for CB Marcus Peters. The Russell Street Report staff reacts to the trade here.

John Langley

This is about as perfect a trade while giving up little value as Eric DeCosta could have made. Marcus Peters has struggled in LA, but I believe that has way more to do with Wade Phillips using mostly zone coverages while Peters is a strong man corner in press coverage. In Baltimore, he will get to go back to doing that. He is also a candidate to be retained on an extension if he plays well, given the Ravens have two more years before needing to ante up for Marlon Humphrey. 

This brings needed reinforcements to a secondary getting battered by injuries. Jimmy Smith should be back soon, so this makes the secondary stronger once again. Great move here.

Todd Karpovich

— The Ravens needed to make a move with the mounting injuries in the secondary.

— Peters, a two-time Pro Bowler, gives them a steadying presence. He is also durable, starting every game for the Rams since they acquired him from the Kansas City Chiefs last year.

— Peters also gives them another playmaker. Since he entered the NFL in 2015, Peters has produced an NFL-best 24 interceptions, four of which he returned for touchdowns.

— Kenny Young  appeared to have fallen out of favor with the Ravens coaches. He was a healthy scratch two weeks ago, and played only special teams against Cincy, even with Patrick Onwuasor sidelined, and will look to get back on track in Los Angeles.

— When Jimmy Smith returns from his knee injury, the Ravens could have a formidable secondary, which has surprisingly struggled most of the season. 

Chad Racine

I literally screamed to myself with excitement when I saw this. I never thought the Rams would let him go so I never considered Peters as an option. 

Eric DeCosta is on fire this year and I wouldn’t be surprised to see at least another trade coming. 

[See what our message board members are saying about it here]

Carey Stevenson

High upside move for the Ravens who have taken a few hits to their secondary. If deployed as a press man corner Peters stands to have a chance to impact the team in a positive way.

You hate to see a talented, cost-controlled young player like Kenny Young go but when guys get benched like he did you rarely see those players bounce back for the same. Maybe the change of scenery and continued development will unearth some of the promise he showed last season.

Pick-wise the Ravens should be able to at least recoup the 2020 5th rounder they gave up as a 2021 compensatory pick, with a higher pick being in the range of outcomes. With uncertainty outside of Marlon Humphrey at corner in 2020, the Ravens could also re-sign Peters if they can find common ground on a number that doesn’t restrict them.

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