Check out photos of Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib being introduced as Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles welcomed not one, but two newcomers to its secondary on Wednesday, as cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters were introduced as Rams players.
The club kicked off the new league year by officially trading for Talib and Peters, moves that will bring together two of the best cornerbacks in the NFL — each recognized as an All-Pro with a combined seven Pro Bowl appearances.
“This is a great day for our organization,” head coach Sean McVay said. “Anytime that you’re able to acquire two players of this caliber, we’ll take that all day. These guys are special players [and] they bring a great passion for the game.”
Passion and energy are just two of the players’ similarities. Both Talib and Peters also carry with them a natural
football instinct, as well as a knack for forcing turnovers.
Peters leads the NFL with 19 interceptions since 2015. Talib has pulled down 34 career interceptions of his own since 2008 — the most among all active players in that span. Together, Talib (68.0) and Peters (60.7) represent two of the five players to allow the lowest passer rating in the league since 2015.
Both will have fresh starts in Los Angeles in 2018 and expressed a similar sentiment at getting to work together on field.
“As teammates, we’re going to learn from each other,” Talib said of the new partnership. “It’s two great football minds and we get to put our minds together. We both have a great knack for the game and we play it differently.”
“We’re trying to go do something special,” Peters said in response. “[The Rams] added a young beast with me
coming in, and then they brought in Aqib and it makes it that much better.”
And while Peters and Talib are highly anticipating the upcoming season, opposing offenses around the league will undoubtedly be concerned with the deadly cornerback tandem.
“I get to have another All-Pro corner on the other side, so now you don’t know where you’re going to go,” Peters said with a smile.
“Then when you look inside and you have Nickell Robey-Coleman, you got Kayvon Webster, you got Lamarcus Joyner — all these ball players and playmakers,” he continued. “Come on, now. It’s just going to be fun...You’ve got to find a way — pick your poison.”