Report: Jets signing former Colts cornerback Pierre Desir to one-year deal
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) March 22, 2020
Desir had three interceptions and 11 pass deflections in 12 games with the Colts last season. Indianapolis released the six-year veteran on Saturday in a move that saves them nearly $7 million in cap space without incurring any dead cap penalties.
The 29-year-old was a primary starting corner for the Colts in 2018, but he saw a decrease in snap count last season, and opposing passers also had a 96.5 passer rating when he was the nearest defender in coverage, per Pro Football Reference.
While the Colts save money on the cap, the Jets are looking for added depth at the corner spot after they released Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts in recent days.
New York’s secondary ranked 16th in football last season, according to Pro Football Focus, and they are led by the likes of safety Jamal Adams and nickel corner Brian Poole.
Most of the Jets’ early moves have focused on improving the offensive line. They signed tackle George Fant and former Denver Broncos center Connor McGovern in an effort to get quarterback Sam Darnold more protection while also improving their run-blocking schemes for Le’Veon Bell.
The Jets figure to try to add more offense, possibly by re-signing wide receiver Robby Anderson. However, they still have plenty of cap to try to pursue an edge defender.
Signing Desire gives New York more depth in the secondary, but they could still go after the likes of Jadeveon Clowney in order to improve a defense that ranked 10th in DVOA last year, according to Football Outsiders.