In the wake of Sean Murphy-Bunting’s elbow injury, the Bucs have signed veteran cornerback Pierre Desir to the practice squad, per Greg Auman. Desir was released as part of the Seahawks August 24 roster cuts. The 7-year veteran has played 77 career games with 44 starts.
Bucs are signing veteran corner Pierre Desir to their practice squad. A potential elevation next week as Sean Murphy-Bunting is sidelined with an elbow injury.
Desir spent most of last season with the Jets, recording three interceptions while playing over 500 snaps. New York waived him near the end of November, and Desir joined the Ravens practice squad. This past offseason he was signed by Seattle, but didn’t make the final roster.
Over the course of his six years in the NFL, Desir has played for the Browns, Chargers, Seahawks, Colts, Jets, Ravens and Seahawks again. Now you can add the Bucs to that list, as Murphy-Bunting is expected to miss a few weeks. The third-year corner’s elbow was dislocated on a collision near the goal line in Week 1.
At 6-1, 195 pounds, Desir has the size and ball skills the Bucs love in their cornerbacks. He’s also a high character player, winning the Jets Walter Payton Man of the Year nomination last year. Desir brings 42 career pass breakups and eight career interceptions to Tampa Bay’s young defensive backfield.
The 2014 fourth round pick will join Herb Miller as the only cornerback on the Bucs practice squad. Miller may be elevated to the 53-man roster if the Bucs want five cornerbacks for Week 2. The Bucs host the Falcons on Sunday afternoon in a divisional showdown.
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