The Jets signed Desir in March, soon after he was released by the Indianapolis Colts. They gave him a one-year, $4 million contract, including $3.25 million in guarantees, expecting him to be their No. 1 corner.
That never materialized. In fact, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams benched Desir in the first half of the first game. After one week in a backup role, Desir returned to the starting lineup and remained there for the next seven games.
In the final minutes of the 30-27 loss to the Patriots, Desir allowed a 31-yard completion to wide receiver Damiere Byrd — a play in which Desir half-heartedly gave chase across the field. He was immediately pulled from the game and Hall finished the series and played the entire final drive.
Desir’s only shining moment came in a Week 4 loss to the Denver Broncos, when he intercepted two passes, including one returned for a touchdown.
In nine games, Desir recorded three interceptions, eight pass break-ups and one forced fumble.
Hall, a fifth-round pick from Virginia, has played only one game, as he spent the first eight games battling back from a serious ankle injury that occurred during his final season in college. He started the 2020 season on the non-football injury list and practiced only two weeks before making his debut against the Patriots.
The Jets also placed nickelback Brian Poole (knee/shoulder) on injured reserve.