1. Trading a fifth round pick and Kenny Young to the Los Angeles Rams for a Marcus Peters:
The Ravens secondary was in desperate need of help and DeCosta delivered with a former Pro Bowl cornerback. There had been a lot of hype about Jalen Ramsey being a target for the Ravens. In the end, DeCosta went with a more affordable option. The Ravens traded away Kenny Young and a fifth round pick for Marcus Peters. The trade made the Baltimore secondary viable moving forward. This is what an excellent general manager does in the middle of a season in which a division title is there for the taking.
What would have happened if the Ravens didn’t make a move? They would have had to face a potential 2019 NFL MVP in Russell Wilson with the most depleted secondary in the NFL. They would have had to score a lot of points in every game they played because the defense would have been in trouble. This trade made high expectations for the Ravens much more reasonable. The best part of the trade is how it kind of came out of nowhere. Give DeCosta credit. You weren’t thinking about this move and I wasn’t either. That being said, nobody in their right mind would complain about it. This is a big trade.
If the Ravens end up making the playoffs as back to back AFC North champions, this could go down as a defining moment for DeCosta. Remember, he’s not even a full year into the general manager job. He’s making major trades that are helping the team and the Peters trade is without a doubt the biggest one. The purple and black got a lot better with this trade. As I wrote in a previous post, this is a game changer.