The New York Jets added the former Indianapolis Colts defender on a one-year deal, per Connor Hughes of The Athletic.
It was anything but a quiet weekend for the New York Jets.
The team has apparently crossed off another need off of its offseason checklist, as Connor Hughes of The Athletic has reported that Pierre Desir will join them on a one-year deal.
SOURCE: The #Jets have agreed to a 1-year deal with CB Pierre Desir.
There’s your new starting DB
— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) March 22, 2020
Desir, 29, is a native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He made a name for himself at Division II Washburn and eventually played his way to a fourth-round selection (127th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.
Over the last six seasons, Desir has spent time with the Browns, Chargers, and Seahawks before finding a strong semblance of a home with the Indianapolis Colts in 2017. He would work his way into the starting lineup by the midway mark of his debut year. A strong pair of seasons earned him a three-year deal with the Colts last offseason.
Desir came up big during the Colts 21-7 win over the Houston Texans in the opening game of the 2019 AFC Wild Card playoffs. His primary duties were to cover top Houston target DeAndre Hopkins. He wound up limiting Hopkins to 37 yards on five receptions (ten targets), the longest being a 13-yard catch in the final quarter with the game in relative hand. The Jets are set to face off against Hopkins and his new squad in Arizona later this season.
Over his six seasons, Desir has earned 210 tackles, 34 pass defenses, and five interceptions. He earned a career-best 11 defenses and three interceptions last season. The Colts released Desir earlier this weekend, saving just over $6.8 million in cap space.
The Jets likewise made a move in the secondary to create space. On Saturday, the team confirmed the departure of veteran cornerback Darry Roberts, who spent the past four seasons in a Jets uniform. Such a move earned the Jets $6 million in cap.
Returning to the Jets’ secondary, and slated to work with Desir, will be veteran cornerback Brian Poole, who signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Jets earlier this week.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags