Thankfully, some potential options are emerging on the free agent market this week.
By now, you probably know about the Bengals interest in former Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker. However, he’s become a bit of a hot commodity and is drawing interest from playoff teams, including the Chiefs, so we probably shouldn’t get our hopes on Cincinnati landing him.
Another intriguing option that emerged today is Pierre Desir, who was just waived by the Jets. He’s appeared in 77 career games (40 starts) during stints with the Browns, Chargers, Colts and Jets while recording 42 pass deflections, eight interceptions and 257 total tackles.
Pierre Desir signed a one year contract worth up to $5.5 million this off-season with the #Jets— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 17, 2020
He has started all but one game this season for them and has 3 picks including a pick-six against the #Broncos https://t.co/GK1LfvYQOs
There’s also a former Bengal set to hit the market, as the Broncos are reportedly waiving Davontae Harris.
Per team source: #Broncos are releasing CB Davontae Harris.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) November 17, 2020
Roster spots needed for players coming back from injury.
A fifth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Illinois State, Harris only lasted one season in Cincinnati before being waived prior to the 2019 season. He’s appeared in 26 games (seven starts) with three pass deflections,
Some other notable free agent corners still available include Eli Apple, Trumaine Johnson and Morris Claiborne.
Now, none of these guys are going to be game-changing players by any means. However, at this point the Bengals just need capable bodies at the position. Darius Phillips is on injured reserve, LaShaun Sims is recovering from a concussion, Torry McTyer is on the practice squad injured list, and Tony Brown is just bad.
The Bengals may get by this week since Washington doesn’t have any consistent pass-catching threats outside of Terry McLaurin. But the upcoming games against the Giants, Dolphins, Cowboys and Steelers will really stress the limits of this cornerback group.
The good news is the Bengals have been very proactive this season at addressing depleted positions, especially at defensive tackle, so hopefully they’ll continue that trend and get some cornerback help soon.