A light rain fell along the shore of Wailea, on the Hawaiian island of Maui. It was the last Thursday in February, three days before the start of the NFL scouting combine and the first opportunity for Snead to take a family vacation.
Snead sat at a steakhouse adjacent to the pool at the Four Seasons, sipping a glass of red wine and eating a filet mignon. He appeared to relish the downtime following a season that spanned seven months and included the Rams’ first division title in 14 seasons and first playoff appearance since 2004.
Snead gave no hint that he had spent the day holed up in his hotel room with his family at the beach.cheap nike nfl jerseys china
When he departed Los Angeles a day earlier, he thought negotiations for Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters were dead. The Chiefs’ asking price was more than the Rams GM was willing to spend. So Snead boarded a five-hour afternoon flight across the Pacific, leaving behind the thought of acquiring a two-time Pro Bowl selection.
He awoke the next morning to a flurry of text messages and voicemails. Four time zones away from Kansas City, Snead had slept through the Chiefs’ attempts to jump-start the negotiations.
“I’m like, ‘Holy cow, I’m playing really hard to get,'” Snead said. “But really I was just sleeping.”
As his wife, Kara, and the kids went out to explore the island, Snead stayed behind to orchestrate a move to answer the Rams’ pressing questions at cornerback.
Snead called chief operating officer Kevin Demoff, senior assistant Tony Pastoors and coach Sean McVay. Pastoors drew up the paperwork. McVay alerted the staff to gather film, and the head coach vetted the 25-year-old Peters, who was kicked off the University of Washington football team in 2014 and faced a one-game suspension last season after he threw a penalty flag into the stands before exiting the field for the locker room.
“You talk to the people that have been around him, that you really value their opinion, you trust it,” McVay said. “Got a lot of good things that came back in terms of a guy that loves football, does a lot of really good things for his community.”
Defensive coordinator Wade Philips and the defensive backs coaches watched more than 200 plays that focused on Peters’ strengths and areas that needed improvement. Each walked away with the same conclusion.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale
“It was unanimous,” McVay said. “We all wanted him.”
Peters was a proven playmaker. The one-time All-Pro had 19 interceptions in three seasons and was the prototypical corner to play man-to-man in Phillips’ scheme.