Three changes Seahawks could make in 2022 training camp
By Lee Vowell
Seahawks change number 3: Seattle trades for Marcus Peters
Seahawks general john Schneider isn’t afraid to make close-to-the-season impact moves. He also isn’t afraid to try a lot of things near Week 1 that involve cornerbacks. Just last preseason, Seattle traded Ahkello Witherspoon and traded for Sidney Jones and John Reid. This all happened between August 24th and September 3rd.
Marcus Peters, if healthy, is absolutely one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. He is a four-time First-Tea, All-Pro corner and he is still just 29 years old. But he didn’t play in 2021 after he tore his ACL before last year began. For a player who plays a position that requires sudden movement and speed, no one can be sure how good Peters will be compared to his pre-injury success.
But players now come back just as good many times from ACL tears so one can assume Peters will be fine. He also has had over a year to recover. While he is starting training camp on the PUP list, this is more of a precaution for his current team, the Baltimore Ravens, than thinking that he won’t be ready for Week 1.
Peters is entering the final year of his current contract in 2022 and has a base salary of $10 million. This is affordable for the Seahawks so there are no concerns there. Seattle should offer Baltimore a 2023 second-round pick for Peters (Seattle has two second-rounders in next year’s draft) and see if the Ravens agree.
Baltimore is unlikely to sign Peters past this year because they need to have lots of cap space in which to try to get quarterback Lamar Jackson to sign an extension. But for the Seahawks, adding Peters would likely immediately fix a position of concern and allow the defense to be even more aggressive. Seattle needs play-makers on defense, and Peters’ 31 interceptions in his six seasons cement his status as one of the best ball-hawks in the NFL.