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Marcus Peters speaks for first time since trade, says he and Andy Reid had no issues

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Soon-to-be former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters appeared on NFL Network’s Total Access Monday night to discuss the recent trade news. The network is located in Culver City, just outside of Los Angeles.

The Chiefs agreed to trade Peters and a 2018 sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for their 2018 fourth-round pick and their 2019 second-round pick. The deal will become official when the new league year begins on March 14.

“It’s business, and all I can do is just handle mine,” Peters said when asked about the trade. “I thank the Kansas City Chiefs for everything they did for me to start it off. Now I’m going to LA. I’m going to miss playing with my teammates for sure. That’s the biggest thing about this game that you can’t change nothing about the business, because once you get in that locker room, that’s family. I’ll miss the guys. I’ll miss Eric (Berry). I’ll miss Justin (Houston).”

Peters even said that he would miss head coach Andy Reid.

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“It’s been a crazy little week and I’m sitting there and I’m looking at everything, and it’s like, ‘Man. y’all talking about me and Big Red having issues?”

Peters said there were never any issues between he and Reid.

“He was looking in the best interest for me,” Peters said, “to become a better player. They already knew that I had some so-called character issues off the field that happened at the [University of Washington]. All they told me was, ‘Come on, we’re going to take you and we’re going to grow together.’”

The Chiefs originally selected Peters with the 18th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Peters went on to win the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year award, and he became a two-time All-Pro.

Peters admitted during the interview that there were more issues in 2017, namely during the New York Jets game.

“The best thing about it is that you can grow from it,” he said. “You learn from things that happened to you, and you take everything. I put it on my own shoulders. I don’t blame nobody for nothing I do. Once I threw that flag in the stands, I knew [the suspension] was going to happen. I shouldn’t have walked off.”

The Rams host the Chiefs next season in Mexico City, and Peters was asked what he expects out of the game.

“I’m expecting turnovers and I’m expecting a win,” he said. “[Patrick Mahomes knows] how to give me the ball.”

Peters then added he didn’t agree with the Chiefs moving on from Alex Smith.

“Alex don’t get enough respect,” Peters said. “And they need to start putting some respect on that man’s name because I saw that man get thrown underneath the bus too many times, and he took it as a man. He never complained about it, he don’t turnover the ball, and he knows how to win. That was our (the defense’s) fault for messing the playoffs on him.”

Smith and Peters will both be playing for new teams next season.

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