Jets general manager Joe Douglas did not wait for cutdown weekend to make a much-needed move at cornerback.
The Jets swung a trade with the Colts on Wednesday for third-year cornerback Nate Hairston. They are sending a sixth-round pick to Indianapolis in the deal, which is pending a physical.
Hairston was a fifth-round pick of the Colts in 2017. He has played in 27 games, starting 11 over the past two seasons. He has one career interception.
Hairston, 25, has battled injuries in his career – hamstring and ankle injuries and a concussion have all cost him time.
The Jets desperately needed to upgrade their depth at cornerback behind starters Trumaine Johnson, Darryl Roberts and Brian Poole. They had mostly inexperienced players behind them. Hairston gives them a legitimate backup and an option if one of the starters struggles.
Jets assistant general manager Rex Hogan has been in the Colts front office for the past two seasons as their vice president of player personnel, so he surely gave the Jets a thorough scouting report on Hairston.
Douglas could make more moves at cornerback this weekend when teams cut their rosters down to 53.