The Indianapolis Colts agreed to re-sign cornerback Pierre Desir on a three-year deal worth $25 million with $12 million guaranteed, multiple outlets reported on Wednesday. Desir, 28, had a breakout season in 2018, starting 12 of 16 games and collecting 79 tackles, an interception and eight pass breakups while playing on a one-year, $1.75 million deal. The Colts' defense made major strides in coordinator Matt Eberflus' zone-heavy scheme, finishing 11th in total defense and 10th in points allowed.
A former fourth-round pick of the Browns, Desir lasted 19 games (seven starts) in Cleveland before brief stints with the Chargers in 2016 and the Seahawks in 2017 training camp. Indianapolis claimed him off waivers after he failed to make the Seahawks' roster, and he started six of nine games in 2017, with 32 tackles, an interception and 32 pass breakups. The re-signing is the third of a Colts defender in the last few days, after the team retained defensive tackle Margus Hunt on a two-year deal and brought back cornerback Chris Milton on a one-year deal.
(With inputs from agencies.)