Nate Hairston
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The New York Jets have made another move to combat their secondary concerns, adding the Nate Hairston from Indianapolis.

The New York Jets have traded a 2020 sixth-round pick to the Indianapolis Colts for cornerback Nate Hairston. They confirmed the transaction on Wednesday afternoon, announcing it would be official pending a physical.

Hairston, 25, was a fifth-round pick (158th overall) of the Colts in 2017. He tallied 65 tackles, six pass deflections, two sacks, and one interception in 27 games (11 starts). The Temple alum was one of Indianapolis’ opening day starters last season and would earn 30 tackles in the ensuing year. Hairston added eight more tackles in a trio of Colts preseason games, including two in their Saturday night loss to Chicago.

Hairston is expected to help the Jets’ secondary situation, which has been afflicted with numerous injuries. His new team received a bit of good news this week, as starting cornerback Trumaine Johnson returned to practice. The second-year Jet has dealt with a hamstring injury this summer.

The Jets still have a sixth-round pick in their possession, having earned another in a prior trade with Kansas City. Linebacker Darron Lee was sent over to the Chiefs in that deal.

New York closes out their preseason slate on Thursday night at home against the Philadelphia Eagles (7:00 p.m. ET, WCBS).

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