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Colts Free Agent Watch: Pierre Desir

Over the next couple of weeks, will take a closer look at the cases for the 2018 Colts' free agents. Next up, cornerback Pierre Desir.

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INDIANAPOLIS – In a way, the Colts have two similar corners potentially hitting the open market next week.

While Rashaan Melvin will garner the big pay day in 2018, Pierre Desir has some comparable traits to his fellow corner.

At the age of 27, Desir enters free agency likely in line for the highest contract of his NFL life. Melvin, 28, is also headed in that direction.

Desir was taken in the 4th round of the 2014 Draft but has bounced around to four teams, starting 13 games in his NFL career.

The Colts needed Desir for 6 starts last season and he performed solid, with the defense relying on his frame for all the man coverage involved in their old system. A pec injury in early December ended Desir’s season.

Chris Ballard liked what Desir gave the Colts last season as the corner was one of the few bright spots on defense.

But teams might view Desir differently in the next week or so.

Let’s say the Colts re-sign Melvin. They also have Quincy Wilson on the outside and then Nate Hairston in the slot. If another team wants to give Desir a starting-caliber contract, the Colts might look at that price tag as too high for their liking.


Percent I’d Bring Desir Back: 65

-You can never have enough capable corners on a roster. And the Colts could use a couple of “semi veteran” presences back there in Melvin and Desir. Now, like Melvin, Desir is looking at a higher-level pay day, knowing that his NFL days to cash in are waning. If the Colts are going to continue to employ a decent amount of man coverage, a 6-2 corner like Desir is something you want on this roster. Yes, Quincy Wilson showed promise in 2017, but it’s not a slam dunk he’s going to be a stud corner in this league. You need several starting options at corner, with injury invevitable, and bringing Desir back would improve the depth for a secondary filled with youth.  



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