Paul GutierrezESPN staff writer3 minutes to read
Terms were not disclosed, but according to multiple reports, Peters received a one-year deal.
The 30-year-old Peters, a seven-year veteran who missed the 2021 season with an ACL tear, was a first-time free agent and caught a career-low interception catch last season for the Baltimore Ravens. But his 32 career selections are 26 more than the rest of the Raiders’ common cornerbacks.
The Raiders’ six interceptions as a team last year were tied for the NFL’s lowest and only two picks came from cornerback – backup Amik Robertson. Las Vegas also had the last NFL tackles in 2021 with six.
Las Vegas brought back slot cornerback Nate Hobbs, who also played the occasional outfield last season and who removed a fly ball from his face that bloodied his right eye and cheek at a charity softball game last weekend, along with Robertson, Sam Webb, Tyler Hall, Bryce Cosby and Ike Brown.
The Raiders used a fourth-round pick on Maryland cornerback Jakorian Bennett and also signed veterans Brandon Faison, Doc Shelley, and David Long Jr. to free agency, while adding unsheltered rookies Jordan Perryman and Dear Hearn.
A two-time first team All-Pro, Peters is instantly the Raiders’ most accomplished cornerback.
A first-round selection for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015, he was the NFL Player of the Year after leading the league in interceptions (8) and touchdowns (2).
He also played for the Los Angeles Rams, and his 32 interception yards, six pickups, and 822 interception return yards are the most of any active player since 2015.
However, he is known for his very emotional and volatile roles, which have led to heated confrontations over the years.
Perhaps most famously to Raiders fans was when Peters was on the lead and his late hit on Derek Carr in 2017 almost started a bench-clearing brawl, only for Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch to run down the field from the sideline to protect Peters. Lynch and Peters are cousins who both grew up in Oakland.
Last season, Peters had to chain up in an emotional outburst with Ravens coach John Harbaugh in the dying moments of Baltimore’s 23-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 4.
And while Peters is joining his fourth team, it’s the first time he’s on the open market since he’s been traded twice — from the Chiefs to the Rams in 2018 and from the Rams to the Ravens midway through the 2019 season.
The 6-foot-1, 197-pound Peters has 346 career tackles and 11 forced fumbles.
The Raiders also announced the signing of veteran free agent defensive end Isaac Rochelle, who appeared in one game with Las Vegas last season.
ESPN’s Jamison Hensley contributed to this report.
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