Jets GM Joe Douglas has added another cornerback to his roster for the 2020 season, and it's a starting caliber one in veteran CB Pierre Desir, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Sunday.
Desir was released by the Colts on Saturday in an unexpected move, and it didn't take New York long to scoop him up. He now figures to be their top cornerback when the season starts.
The 29-year-old has spent time with the Browns, Chargers, and most recently, the Colts, who he signed a three-year deal with last season worth $22.85 million. But, for whatever reason, the Colts decided to enact his opt out clause before $3 million of his 2020 salary was guaranteed on Sunday.
In turn, the Jets find themselves with a starter to make up for the losses of Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts. Work still needs to done, unless the Jets trust in someone like Bless Austin to step up in the starting role. Brian Poole was brought back, but he's their slot corner. Arthur Maulet also signed a one-year deal to return, but he is more of a depth man.
Desir totaled career highs with three interceptions and 11 passes defended last season, with 50 tackles as well.