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Report: Ex-Colts CB Pierre Desir Quickly Resurfaces with the Jets

NFL: OCT 14 Colts at Jets Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

According to The Athletic’s Connor Hughes, Indianapolis Colts recently released starting cornerback Pierre Desir is signing with the New York Jets on a 1-year deal:

Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Desir’s new 1-year pact is worth up to $5.5 million.

The veteran corner was a surprising cut for the Colts on Saturday and quickly resurfaced with a new NFL team—just a day later.

The Jets of all potential suitors is hardly surprising—as their assistant general manager Rex Hogan is the Colts former VP of player personnel.

In fact, former backup offensive guard/center Josh Andrews just signed with the Jets yesterday, and the two players join a long list of Colts castoffs who’ve joined ‘Gang Green’ including Henry Anderson, Ross Travis, Tarrell Basham, Matthias Farley, and Nate Hairston in recent seasons.

Desir was collectively a quality 3-year starter for the Colts and even though he had a down season last year—at least partially battling injuries, it’s glad to see him land on his feet.

He was a key veteran in the locker room, the Colts 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee, and even recently had a major meal donation to the St. Louis community.

Meanwhile, the Colts now have a big hole to fill at starting cornerback.

Currently, a pair of 2nd-year pros, Rock Ya-Sin and Marvell Tell, project as their starting outside cornerbacks—with Kenny Moore holding down slot duties, but the Colts could still be in the market for a starting veteran cornerback to help replace Desir.

It’s also possible former 2nd round pick Quincy Wilson gets back into the cornerback mix, but given how his 3-year career has gone to date, that’s far from a given.

Veteran free agent options could include the Philadelphia Eagles’ Ronald Darby, Tennessee Titans’ Logan Ryan, or Kansas City Chiefs’ Bashaud Breeland among the Colts’ choices.

Whatever the case may be, Desir will be missed by the Colts—both on and off the field, as there’s a bit of a veteran void at cornerback and in their locker room right now.