Marcus Peters extension: 3 big things to think about
Eric DeCosta is playing chess, not checkers:
When Eric DeCosta traded for Peters it felt like a desperation move. The Ravens were hurting in the secondary after losing Tavon Young and Tony Jefferson for the season and having to go without Jimmy Smith for a while. This was a move the Ravens had to make to make a Super Bowl run possible yet it was a move with an eye toward the future. DeCosta grabbed a play-maker in a trade where he gave up almost nothing. A couple months later, that player is locked up for a few more seasons.
DeCosta reconstructed the Ravens on the fly this season. He signed a handful of defensive players in addition to trading for Peters. No general manager has done more in the middle of a season to keep the team on track. The most exciting thing about what DeCosta is doing is that he’s setting up the future. The Ravens have huge building blocks set in place for multiple years.
The Ravens are the best team in football. and the 2020 roster will look incredibly similar to the 2019 squad. If the Ravens win a Super Bowl this season they can avoid the hardships that come after a championship. It’s not hard to keep the band together when the man making the decisions acts proactively and sees the bigger picture.
DeCosta is playing chess. Everything about the trade for Peters made sense and fit into what the Ravens were trying to do. Everything about his new contract made sense. It’s a front loaded deal that works out responsibly in the future. It’s like DeCosta knows what he’s doing. The wait was worth it Baltimore, you have an amazing general manager who is just getting started.