The Las Vegas Raiders fell to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. In the game, veteran cornerback Marcus Peters was benched, and on Monday, the Raiders decided to release him, per Vic Tafur of The Athletic.
‘Breaking: The Raiders have released CB Marcus Peters. He had a interception return for a TD in Week 8, but was benched last night. The move saves the team $1.5 million in incentives that Peters was on pace to earn.'
The veteran signed with the Raiders after spending the previous few seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. In his stint with Las Vegas, he had 28 tackles and an interception (a pick-six). Peters had been criticized a few times during the season for giving minimal effort, and it turns out the organization has had enough and has decided to release him and save some money on the incentive-laden deal.
Peters' best years came with the Kansas City Chiefs, and he had 19 interceptions combined in the first three seasons before he joined the Los Angeles Rams.
He now hits waivers, and a cornerback with his veteran presence and talent could be worth picking up for teams vying for a playoff spot, but the lack of effort he has shown at times this season could make teams think twice about picking him up.
The Raiders enter the bye week with a 5-7 record and face the Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Chargers at home coming out of the bye, and they are hoping the Antonio Pierce momentum can continue.