2018 Colts Free Agent Decisions: Cornerback Pierre Desir


With the Colts’ injuries in the secondary this season, Pierre Desir was forced to play a large role in the Indianapolis defensive backfield. Did he play well enough to earn a contract extension this offseason?

The Colts’ pass defense really struggled in 2017 mostly due to an injury-ravaged secondary.

When general manager Chris Ballard signed Pierre Desir to a one-year $790,000 contract this offseason, he probably wasn’t sure if Desir would make the regular season roster. And even if he did make the roster, he would be pretty low on the depth chart at cornerback and most of his contributions would be on special teams.

Desir was forced into action after an injury to Vontae Davis, and the weird situation surrounding Quincy Wilson where he wasn’t consistently on the active roster.

Desir was a bit of a liability in coverage this season. He did make a few plays on the ball with 7 pass breakups and an interception, but that aggressiveness got him beat on some big plays down the field.

He suffered a torn shoulder muscle and was placed on season-ending injured reserve after a Week 13 loss in Jacksonville. If he could have been healthy over the Colts’ final few games, he may have been able to play his way into a contract extension.

Unfortunately Desir’s injury derailed his season at an inopportune time, and he will likely not be with the Colts next season as Chris Ballard continues to rebuild the secondary with young talent through the draft.

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