The Chiefs have been aggressively seeking to trade Peters, an All-Pro during the 2016 season, as part of both a youth movement and shift in locker room culture.
Just like the Smith trade, the deal between the Chiefs and the Rams can not become official until the new league year begins March 14. It was later reported that his suspension by the team was also in part due to a spat with a coach.
If Peters did express some feelings of not wanting to be with the Chiefs, and they already had some issues with his behavior, then it makes sense why Kansas City agreed to trade him this offseason.
He also drew criticism this past year for not standing for the national anthem.
Only time will tell if a fresh start in the City of Angels will work out for Peters and the Rams.
However, perhaps Ballard (who's highly regarded for his defensive back evaluation) didn't want to surrender the draft compensation and was more comfortable drafting a potential shutdown cornerback early on in this year's NFL Draft. But the Chiefs are expected to receive a package of draft picks, not players, in return, according to Schefter's sources.
However, if they did go after Johnson, new defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus would be getting a big, physical corner to build the rest of the secondary around.
Prior to the trades, the Chiefs were only scheduled to have four picks in the upcoming draft, which would have significantly hampered new general manager Brett Veach's chances of upgrading the roster.
When the Chiefs selected Peters with the 18th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, there were questions about his character. The Rams don't have their second-round pick, which was traded away in the Jared Goff sweepstakes.