Signing This Former Pro-Bowl CB Would Be Huge Mistake for Lions

Lions wide receiver Kalif Raymond runs against Raiders cornerback Marcus Peters during the first half at Ford Field on Monday, Oct. 30, 2023.
Lions wide receiver Kalif Raymond runs against Raiders cornerback Marcus Peters during the first half at Ford Field on Monday, Oct. 30, 2023. /

It’s no secret that the Lions desperately need help with coverage in their defensive secondary, evidenced by allowing 38 points against both the Ravens and Chargers.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean that adding ANY talent is the answer. It was reported this week that the Raiders are cutting former Pro-Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters – opening up the possibility for him to join a contending team.

However, Peters would likely be a disaster in Detroit. Let’s break down why.

Lions Should Not Sign Marcus Peters

First off, there’s a reason a non-contending team like the Raiders are cutting Peters.

He’s started 12 games this season with 43 tackles (1 for loss), five pass breakups and an interception. Those stats don’t jump off the page, but they’re fine and probably could be used on a competing team.

HOWEVER, Peters has proven to be trouble in the locker room, and that’s the last thing a well-oiled Lions team needs at this point in the season.

Just read what Lions coach Dan Campbell had to say when asked about the lack of trades at this year’s deadline.

“Brad (Holmes) and I said from Day 1, man, we have a plan in place that we don’t want to alter,” Campbell told The Athletic after the NFL Trade Deadline. “We don’t want to mess with that and we’re in Year 3 of this right now. … It had to be the right player, it had to be the right fit and it had to be the right price — all three of those. That’s not an easy thing to do, but that’s how we look at it.”

It’s a stretch to say that Peters is the right player, especially considering his on-field anger issues.

Those issues date back all the way to college when he was dismissed from the University of Washington for arguing with the coaching staff, drawing personal fouls and erupting in sideline tantrums.

Even as he broke onto the scene as an exciting young cornerback in the NFL with the Chiefs, Peters still couldn’t shake his lack of anger management.

He was suspended by KC for a game in 2017 following a tirade that included him throwing a ref’s flag into the stands and arguing with a Chiefs assistant coach.

And that was just the start of Peters bouncing around in the NFL. He has since played for the Rams, Ravens and Raiders, and could soon add another team to that list in the coming days.

Peters CLEARLY has talent, but it’s not worth it to introduce a player that showed he can’t control his temperament on multiple occasions.

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