EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 01: Jerry Jeudy #10 of the Denver Broncos catches a pass for a touchdown against Pierre Desir #35 of the New York Jets during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 01, 2020 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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Joe Douglas and the New York Jets have reportedly released cornerback Pierre Desir, a man who signed as a free agent last spring.

When Joe Douglas makes a mistake, he usually has no problem admitting it. Not only did he publicly admit his Robby Anderson mistake at his midseason state of the union, but he has also now cut ties with one of his free-agent signings.

The New York Jets have released cornerback Pierre Desir, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

Desir, 30, is just one of several former Indianapolis Colts (especially defensive backs) to make his way to New Jersey in the last couple of years. The Rex Hogan connection might have helped the Jets and Desir come together this past spring when Douglas was looking to fortify the secondary.


Despite offseason optimism, Desir struggled mightily in New York. His 47.8 PFF grade is dead last among the Jets’ three qualified players at the position (Brian Poole, Blessuan Austin).

Perhaps no game demonstrated his struggles more than the team’s Thursday night loss to the Denver Broncos.

Desir finished the game in sparkling box score fashion (with two interceptions and a pick-6), but he found himself beaten on a regular basis, two of which resulted in Broncos touchdowns and one that featured wide receiver Tim Patrick “Mossing” him to high heaven.

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Desir finishes his Jets career with three interceptions, a touchdown, eight passes defensed and 47 total tackles in nine games (eight games started). The activation of Bryce Hall—the same man who replaced Desir late against the New England Patriots a couple of Mondays ago—will help fill the void moving forward.

Releasing him (and his one-year contract) means the Jets won’t take a significant financial hit.


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Poole placed on IR, Arthur Maulet replaces ? Fascinating for 2021 FA, want Poole signed Hall & Ballantine getting huge reps, has to be an improvement