Coach Sean McVay said Peters is in the Rams' long-term plans, Vincent Bonsignore of The Athletic reports. "I think, his ability to take the accountability but then also respond and get it corrected with (defensive backs coaches Aubrey Pleasant and Ejiro Evero), who do an excellent job of correcting and addressing some of those issues," McVay mentioned. McVay is referencing Peters' turnaround from a horrid first half of the 2018 season. After a 45-35 loss to the Saints in Week 9, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips altered the philosophy of the unit from one that attacked in man-to-man coverage to a read-and-react zone look. The latter played to Peters' strengths and back into the good graces of McVay and Rams management. Although Peters' interception total has decreased in each of his four campaigns -- from eight in 2015 to three in 2018 -- he'll be playing out the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, which oftentimes yields a fruitful season.
Peters' contract with the Rams became fully guaranteed Wednesday, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports. With the new league year starting Wednesday, the Rams can stick with the cornerback's original salary of $9.1 million, sign Peters to a new deal, or trade him to save his cap hit. Peters is currently on the fifth and final year of his rookie deal, and could conceivably hold out to negotiate a new contract. In 16 games last season, the 26-year-old made 43 tackles (33 solo) and had three interceptions.
Peters is scheduled to play 2019 under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Peters fell shy of expectations in his first season with the Rams, enduring an ugly stretch of play from late September through early November. His struggles may have been related to a Week 3 calf injury, and he did play much better toward the end of the regular season and into the playoffs. With so many other star players warranting large contracts, it isn't clear if the Rams will try to sign the 26-year-old cornerback to a long-term deal. Their starting corner on the other side, Aqib Talib, is also scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2019 campaign.
Peters overcame a bout with cramps and returned to Monday's 54-51 win over the Chiefs, finishing with one tackle and an interception. Peters played 71 of a possible 72 snaps in the contest, so he was apparently cleared to return to the game for the Rams' subsequent defensive series after exiting earlier in the third quarter. The offenses reigned supreme in a game in which the two clubs combined for 1,001 total yards and 105 points, but Peters temporarily stunted his former team's comeback effort when he picked off Patrick Mahomes with 1:18 remaining. It was the second interception of the season for Peters, who hasn't been quite as dependable as the Rams probably hoped when they acquired him from Kansas City in March.
Peters is questionable to return to Monday's game against the Chiefs due to cramping, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports. Peters came was forced to one knee midway through the third quarter. If the cramps persist and Peters is forced out for the remainder of Monday's contest, Sam Shields and Nickell Robey-Coleman both figure to see some additional work at cornerback.
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