Oft-Rumored Free Agent Again Linked to Vikings

Dec 8, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters (24) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports.

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December 8, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters (24) practices before the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports.

The Minnesota Vikings went full-on renovations inside their cornerback room this off-season as they said goodbye five Veterans: Patrick Peterson, Duke Shelley, Cameron Dentzler, Chandan Sullivan and Chris Boyd.

In return, the club welcomed veterans Byron Murphy, JoJuan Williams and John Reed while drafting Mekhi Blackmon from USC in April.

Oft-rumored free agent linked to Vikings again

Minnesota’s coaching staff clearly has immense confidence in their young corners, which also include last year’s draftees Andrew Booth and Acaleb Evans. They must – it’s the only thing that makes sense after failing to sign any starter CBs after Murphy joined.

But if the Vikings get lonely for more experienced cornerback help in training camp or in the preseason, there’s one man who has been linked frequently to the club in the past few months — a free agent. Marcus Peters,

January 10, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters (24) celebrates after winning the AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory credit: Christopher Hannewinkel-USA TODAY Sports.

Our own Jeff Diamond, formerly the general manager of the Vikings, mentioned Peters as a potential free-agent fit in May. Other websites have also sought the services of the person in Minnesota. and this week, Bleacher Report The Vikings, Tennessee Titans and Las Vegas Raiders joined the club, citing Peters as the best fit.

BR’s Maurice Moton noted On Peters’ free agency, “At every stage of his NFL career, Marcus Peters has done one thing exceptionally well, and that’s force turnovers. He has recorded 32 career interceptions with at least three in a season in six of his seven professional years, a testament to his ball-tracking consistency. During stints with the Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams and Baltimore Ravens, Peters took the field as his team’s most dominant playmaking cornerback.

October 11, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters (24) runs with the ball after an interception in the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory credit: Ivan Habib-USA TODAY Sports

Peters is a four-time All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowler whose resume boasts 32 interceptions in 7 seasons as a professional.

“Sure, he shares the field with All-Pros Jalen Ramsey and Marlon Humphrey, but the two elite cover men only have one pick-six combined. Peters returned six interceptions for touchdowns, turning sticky coverages into offensive ones with the ball in his hands. However, Peters has hit a career low. In September of 2021, he tore his ACL and struggled in coverage last season, allowing a 113.7 passer rating with just one interception and six pass breakups, Moton continued.

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters (24) and his teammates cheer on the Titans logo after Peters picked up an interception to seal their victory over the Tennessee Titans on January 10, 2021 in Nashville. © Andrew Niles / Tennessean.com via Imagen Content Services, LLC.

Peters won’t break the bank that long in free agency, and as of July 7, the Vikings have about $18 million in cap space. The numbers align from a budget perspective.

Moton concluded, “Still, Peters gets the benefit of the doubt. After two years out with a serious knee injury, he could return to Pro Bowl form primarily in the man-to-man scheme.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (85) drops a pass while defending Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters (24) in the first quarter of an NFL wild-card playoff football game on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, at Pecor Stadium in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Baltimore Ravens, 24–17. © Albert Cesare/The Inquirer/USA TODAY Network.

Peters emphatically checks the right boxes for Minnesota. Its corner room lacks the feel. Peters does not. Vikings Corner has no accolades – none at all. Peters has All Appreciation. And no one knows for sure whether Booth and Evans are ready for true opening shows.

It’s unclear whether Minnesota will actually pursue Peters’ free agency — but it should.


dustin baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, vikesnow, He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinney, which airs every Wednesday raun sah And Sal Masala, His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. List of guilty pleasures: Peanut butter ice cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Bassett Hounds, and The Doors (band).

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