Reports: Jets Agree To Terms With Ex-Colts CB Desir

Had 3 Interceptions Last Season

Ryan Chatelain
March 22, 2020 - 3:13 pm

After releasing Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts last week, the Jets were in desperate need of cornerback help. On Sunday, they reportedly agreed to terms with one who figures to step into their starting lineup in 2020 — former Colt Pierre Desir.

Desir, 29, is expected to sign a one-year deal that could pay him as much as $5.5 million, according to multiple reports.

Indianapolis released the Haitian defensive back in a salary cap-related move Saturday. Last season, Desir played in 12 games (11 starts) and had a career-high three interceptions and 11 passes defensed.

Pierre Desir of the Indianapolis Colts intercepts the ball in the game against the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on Dec. 22, 2019, in Indianapolis.
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While he only had one interception in 2018, Desir enjoyed a breakout season then and graded out as Pro Football Focus’ No. 12 cover corner. He was rewarded by the Colts with a three-year, $22.85 million contract last March. But a year later, Indianapolis opted to part ways with him, saving $6.85 million toward the salary cap.

Desir began his career in 2014 with the Cleveland Browns, for whom he played two seasons. He spent one year with the Chargers before signing with the Colts in 2017.

The 6-foot-1, 192-pound Desir joins a Jets cornerback group that also includes Brian Poole, Nate Hairston, Bless Austin and Arthur Maulet.