There are many upcoming superstars in the National Football League (NFL) and cornerback Marcus Peters is one of them. The talented player went professional in 2015 after he was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in that year’s draft. He was later traded to the Los Angeles Rams in 2018 and he has remained with the team till date.
Marcus Peter’s performance in the league has been top notch since he was drafted and this is no surprise because he comes from a family people actively involved in football. Since he joined the league, he has been named to the Pro Bowl twice and won the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2015. Find out more about the young star below.
Marcus Peters’ Bio
Born on January 9, 1993, in Oakland, California, USA, Marcus Peters is the son of Michael Peters, a former football player and also the current coach of McClymonds High School football team.
Marcus naturally followed in his father’s steps and started playing football from a very young age. He attended McClymonds High School in Oakland, California, and while there, he played football as a cornerback, wide receiver and placekicker and also ran track. He led the football team to a to a 12-0 record and was named the MVP of the Oakland Athletic League.
By the time he was done with high school, Rivals.com considered Peter was to be a three-star recruit. He was also the 30th best cornerback in his class.
In January 2011, he moved on to the University of Washington for his college football career. After being redshirted in the first year, he started eight of 13 games the following year and made 44 tackles, three interceptions, and one touchdown. He started 12 games in 2013 and during his junior year in 2014, Marcus Peters was suspended from one game as a result of a sideline tantrum. He was eventually kicked off the team in his senior year for disciplinary issues.
The cornerback announced later in 2014 that he would forgo his remaining eligibility in favor of the 2015 NFL Draft. He attended the NFL Scouting Combine and completed all the drills and in April 2015, he also took part at Washington’s Pro Day. He went on to attend pre-draft visits with over seven teams and also attended a private workout with the Atlanta Falcons. At the end of the pre-draft process, NFL draft experts and scouts projected that the young man was likely to be picked either in the first or second round of the draft as he was ranked tops by different sports analysts.
Peter was subsequently picked in the first round (18th overall) of the 2015 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He was the third cornerback selected that year and as a result, he became the highest defensive back drafted from his university since 1992. The Chiefs traded Peter to the Los Angeles Rams on March 14, 2018.
After he was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015, the team signed Marcus Peters to a fully guaranteed four-year deal worth $9.58 million, including a signing bonus of $5.23 million and an average annual salary of $2,396,039. Consequently, he earned a cap hit of $1.74 million in 2015, $2.18 million in 2016, and $2.54 million in 2017.
Peters was eventually traded to the Los Angeles Rams in 2018 and that year, he earned a cap hit of $1.74 million. In 2019, he will earn a base salary of $9,069,000 while carrying a cap hit worth $9,069,000.
Meanwhile, the cornerback’s career earnings of $9.51 which he made over four seasons, ranked 1071st among active NFL players entering 2018.
Relationship With Marshawn Lynch
A scuffle ensued between the Oakland Raiders players and the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2017 NFL regular season after Marcus hit Derek Carr on his helmet. Raiders star, Marshawn Lynch, who was on the sideline, dashed into the field to save Marcus and in the process, he pushed an official. This led to Lynch being removed from the contest.
The incident got their many fans wondering what the relationship between the two young men was and when the media asked Marcus about it, he simply responded by saying that family comes first in everything. Remember that it was earlier stated that Marcus Peters comes from a family of people that are involved in football, so it might interest you to know that Marcus and Marshawn are cousins.
Although Lunch’s action was the first visual representation of his relationship with Peter, the bond shared by the duo runs much deeper. It was Lyn who helped guide Marcus into a top form college prospect when he was still in high school. It was Lynch’s Seattle house that Marcus Peters stayed most of the time during his time at the University of Washington when Lynch was playing for the Seattle Seahawks and Peters was an All-American defensive back.
Even when his young cousin was dismissed from the team in his senior year in college, Marshawn Lynch never left him. He served as a guide to Peter through the draft process and was present at Peters’ draft party when Peters was selected by the Chiefs in 2015.
No wonder Marcus saw nothing wrong with copying his cousin’s unique crotch-grabbing touchdown celebration on the night of September 10th, 2018, during the Los Angeles Rams’ Week 1 game. A player borrowing moves from another is usually not noteworthy but fans who knew that Peter and Lynch were cousins did not take it to heart.
Meanwhile, Marshawn Lynch who plays as a running back began his professional career in 2007 after the Buffalo Bills picked him in the first round of that year’s NFL draft. After three seasons with the team, he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in 2010 and he remained there until 2015, helping the team to win the SuperBowl XLVI championship in 2013. On February 7, 2016, he retired from the game but later returned and traded to the Raiders in 2017 by the Seahawks who retained his rights even after retirement.
Body Measurement – Height
The American football player measures 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) in height and weighs 195 lb (88 kg). His height is complemented by his long arms which is 31 1⁄2 in (0.80 m) long. He also has a hand size of 8 3⁄8 in (0.21 m).