The Seahawks said on Wednesday they are signing cornerback Pierre Desir. Cornerback will continue to be the Achilles heel to the 2021 Seattle season. Desir was somehow decent with the Colts in 2019. But he was let go by the Jets in the middle of 2020. Richard Sherman is still available, I’m just saying.
I know that Sherman is a lot more expensive than Desir. He’s also a lot better. My favorite Seahawks memory of Desir is when at the end of a game then-defensive coordinator Kris Richard sent Desir and another corner on an outside blitz and they sacked the quarterback. This was in a preseason game because Desir never actually played in a real Seahawk game.
Guess who did? Richard Sherman. And he was really good and he’s still probably pretty good and he needs to be starting for the Seahawks in 2021. Bring the man home! Or just leave Sherman home because he already lives in the Seattle area.
Seahawks should sign Richard Sherman and not Pierre Desir
To be fair, Desir with the Colts as a right cornerback started 23 games between 2018 and 2019 and had a quarterback-rating-allowed in 2018 of 85.6 and in 2019 of 96.5. That’s not bad. But there’s a reason he was released by a then-winless New York Jets team in 2020 and it wasn’t because he was too expensive.
Desir is probably a good dude and one who plays 100 percent the best he can play every game. But the Seahawks need premium talent at cornerback. They have improved the defensive line a bit by adding Kerry Hyder. The recent Aldon Smith situation makes issues murkier, however. Seattle might still have a good pass rush but they need guys who can cover as well.
Seattle added Ahkello Witherspoon this offseason. That isn’t enough. Having Tre Flowers and D.J. Reed already on the roster isn’t enough. The Seahawks need a good left corner and Richard Sherman is that. Desir, nor anyone else on the current roster, is that.