Raiders, CB Marcus Peters Agree To Deal

Monday’s second workout with veteran cornerback Marcus Peters has resulted in a Raiders deal. The sides agreed to terms on a one-year deal Monday, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (Twitter link). Pro Football Network’s Adam Caplan tweets that it is a $3MM contract worth up to $5MM.

Peters has long been connected to Vegas this offseason, and it comes as no surprise that a deal has materialized at the onset of training camp. The 30-year-old met with the Raiders earlier today, and he will now look to add a playmaking element to the team’s secondary after a productive stint in Baltimore.

An ACL tear ended his 2021 season before it began, so Peters faced plenty of question marks upon his return last year. He suited up for 13 regular season games as well as the Ravens’ wild-card loss, but his performance fell short of the form he had previously shown with the team. The two-time All-Pro (who has 32 career picks) was limited to only one interception, the lowest single-season total of his career.

In addition, Peters struggled in coverage, surrendering seven touchdowns as the nearest defender and allowing a passer rating of 113.7. Those figures led to his lengthy stay on the open market, and a general lack of interest on Baltimore’s part to re-sign him. The Ravens went in a different direction, signing former Raider and Colt Rock Ya-Sin on a one-year, low-cost deal.

Peters will look to showcase a return to full mobility another year removed from the ACL tear in a new home, one which will allow him to see signficant playing time. The Raiders’ interest in him was a sign of their need for a starting-caliber addition at the CB spot. Before news of the Peters deal broke, Rapoport reported the team also hosted fellow veteran Troy Hill on a free agent workout (Twitter link).

It remains to be seen what awaits the latter now that Peters is on board, but the Raiders have a potential buy-low upgrade for their secondary. Vegas ranked 29th against the pass in 2022, and their six interceptions placed second-last. If Peters can return to form, he should help in both categories while the Raiders look to take a needed step forward in 2023.

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