The Indianapolis Colts just released cornerback Pierre Desir which begs the question, are the Raiders done filling their secondary needs?
In a move not expected, the Indianapolis Colts have let their No. 1 cornerback walk away from a contract he signed last year. Pierre Desir played well during at times during the 2019 NFL season, and other times was beat deep, but it could be a depth signing within a Las Vegas Raiders secondary that needs some help.
Last season the Raiders passing defense left a lot to be desired for but this year they’ve focused on the defense in free agency while presumably focusing on the offensive weapons. They have already added to the linebacker group, and the defensive line, while bringing in both Jeff Heath and Eli Apple in the secondary.
I have gotten to watch Desir play a ton as a Colts fan, and while he wasn’t impressive, he wasn’t atrocious either, and I could see him playing a veteran depth role in the Raiders secondary. It is likely the team is going to add a rookie via the 2020 NFL Draft, and he would also play a role in helping them develop.
The AFC West is full of offensive talent and receivers who can burn the Raiders in a variety of different ways. The fact that the team continues to add to the defense is a breath of fresh air, as they have the pieces on offense to be one of the best in the conference this season.
Desir ended the season with eight pass breakups, a 63% catch allowed percentage with a 14.7 yards per catch ratio and five touchdowns allowed with three interceptions. The Colts defense also struggled down the road which led to a secondary which needed more help that it had to give.
However, Desir did follow the top receiver so he has experience in playing No.1 and could help the Raiders defense by providing a position of depth to a secondary which struggled mightily last year.
With the NFL becoming more passer orientated, and the AFC West having the Kansas City Chiefs, there couldn’t be a reason why the Raiders don’t stockpile secondary talent even just for the preseason and training camp. While his biggest problem is his up and down play, the Raiders have no shortage of need on the defensive side of the ball for secondary talent.