The Los Angeles Rams are going all in on 2018 by making a bevy of trades to completely revamp the defense. After adding Marcus Peters, trading away Robert Quinn and Alec Ogletree, as well as signing Sam Shields, the Rams agreed to acquire Aqib Talib from the Broncos.
The trade will only cost the Rams a fifth-round pick, which seems like a steal for a player with two years left on his contract and 34 career interceptions. Pairing him with Peters is terrifying for any quarterback facing the Rams in 2018 with both being absolute ball hawks in the NFL.
Here are three crazy stats to know about the duo.
Talib and Peters are both viewed as shutdown corners, even if they don’t always travel with opposing No. 1 receivers. While the definition of that title varies for some, typically picking off a ton of passes and allowing a very low passer rating will get the job done.
That’s exactly what Talib and Peters have done, particularly with the latter. Since 2015, they’re Nos. 1 and 5 in terms of passer rating allowed.
Since 2008 when Talib was the 20th overall pick of the Buccaneers, he’s pulled down 34 career interceptions. That ranks No. 1 among all players in that span, proving to be the epitome of a ball hawk.
The same goes for Peters.
Since he came into the league as a first-round pick of the Chiefs in 2015, he’s picked off 19 interceptions – also the most in the NFL in that span. Combined, they have 53 career interceptions and 12 pick-sixes.
While the Rams are acquiring a great deal of talent, it’s not exactly the costliest route. Together, Talib and Peters will count just $12.74 million against the cap. For comparison, 10 cornerbacks have higher cap hits in 2018 than the combination of Talib and Peters’.
Additionally, Trumaine Johnson made $16.74 million in 2017 alone, which is exactly $4 million than Peters and Talib will make together next season. That’s called getting good bang for your buck.