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Is A Marcus Peters, Jarvis Landry Trade Possible?

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Now that the Miami Dolphins have placed the franchise tag on wide receiver Jarvis Landry, the franchise will head to Indianapolis for the NFL Combine, possibly looking to work out a trade.

In other AFC-related news the Kansas City Chiefs may be looking to deal cornerback Marcus Peters and that other NFL teams are under the belief that he may be available.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported that Chiefs’ owner Clark Hunt has some concerns with Peters’ behavior last season, so much so that there may be some questions regarding his long-term future in Kansas City.

ProFootballTalk.com and CBSports.com both reported that the Chiefs are ready to listen to offers for Peters, despite his talent and career trajectory.

So, would a potential Landry/Peters deal make sense?

Kansas City will certainly be in the market for a pass-rusher and seem to be looking toward a youth movement, hitching their wagon to 2nd-year signal caller Patrick Mahomes.

For Mahomes to develop and succeed, they may want to add a solid, proven veteran receiver as a go-to weapon for Mahomes and Landry fits that mold perfectly.

On the flip side Miami would make a huge jump defensively by adding Peters and the All-Pro corner would be an excellent addition to a secondary unit that includes the likes of Reshad Jones and the up-and-coming Xavien Howard, who broke out during the stretch run of the 2017 regular season.

The Dolphins also have the promising Cordrea Tankersley, who flashed plenty of potential last season, as well as the returning Tony Lippett, who had a solid 2016 campaign but missed all of 2017.

Miami adding Peters would allow them to focus on other areas of need in the draft and free agency, including linebacker, offensive line and quarterback.

The Miami Herald reported that with the tag, Landry became the third-highest-paid receiver in the league behind Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown and Houston Texans’ receiver DeAndre Hopkins, so Landry would be an expensive addition for any team.

Miam’s asking price could be sky high with other teams, as they may be seeking a 1st round pick and maybe more in return.

Since the Dolphins haven’t had the best luck with recent drafts, a proven commodity such as Peters may be enticing.

But Peters, who is only 25, will command big money too, and that’s where this potential trade scenario becomes a bit muddied.

The Chiefs would have to work out a long-term deal with Landry if they want to make this deal work and the Dolphins will want to do the same with Peters. This equals a lot of moving parts to make this trade work, despite how it may work on paper.

Look, the trade makes sense for both teams and it may even be kicked around in the latest NFL rumor reports.

It is possible that a deal like this could be discussed, but with both Peters and Landry viewed as elite players, there will be a lot of suitors for both players.

I believe this trade makes the most sense, for both teams from a football standpoint, but there are behavior issues with both.

So why would the Chiefs, who have concerns with Peters behavior, make a trade for another player, in this case Landry, who comes with his own issues, and vice versa for Miami?

At the end of the day both organizations could view the scenario as worthwhile as a change of scenery and a new organization could be the fix for both.

We’ll just have to see, but this trade could be the banner blockbuster of 2018 if it goes down, and in my opinion, it should.

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Bills Sign Lee Smith

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Lee Smith

The Buffalo Bills have signed veteran tight end Lee Smith to a three-year, $9 million deal, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

The signing marks a return for Smith as he played for the Bills from 2011 until 2014 before heading off to spent the last few seasons with the Oakland Raiders.

Smith is known for his blocking skills and is widely considered one of the league’s best blocking tight ends.

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Dolphins Sign Mark Walton

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Mark Walton

The Miami Dolphins have signed troubled running back Mark Walton, according to to ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe.

Walton, a fourth round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, was cut by the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this offseason after he was arrested for the third time in three months.

Walton has the talent, and may be a good pickup for the Dolphins, but he is likely facing a suspension from the league for the arrests.

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Chargers’ Phillip Rivers Content with Contract Situation

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Phillip Rivers

The Los Angeles Chargers will enter the 2019 season as one of the favorites in the AFC and veteran quarterback Phillip Rivers is feeling good about the upcoming season, as well as his current contract situation with the team.

The Chargers and Rivers could work out a contract extension, but Rivers isn’t stressing about that right now:

“I just feel at peace,” Rivers said, during an appearance on FOX Sports Radio San Diego. “If the extension is what works best for both of us and that’s how it plays out, then great. If not, shoot, let’s go have a heck of a 2019 and then we’ll worry about 2020 when we need to worry about it. I say that with every intention of being the quarterback in 2020 here. It’s not for any reason other than, hey, I signed up for this many years and this year is the last year running and let’s go if that’s what’s best. I really do feel at peace about it and feel good.”

Rivers is slated to earn $11 million in the final year of his contract.

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