The Jets have announced the signing of defensive back Shamarko Thomas. Additionally, the club has waived linebacker Jevaris Jones.
Primarily a strong safety, Thomas spent the first four years of his career with the Steelers, who selected him in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. He started in two of 14 appearances as a rookie, but he came off the bench in the rest of his games (34) with the team from 2014-16.
Thomas has just 30 career tackles (none last year) and is coming off a season in which he played only five defensive snaps in eight games. The 26-year-old was a bigger part of Pittsburgh’s special teams unit in 2016, playing 126 snaps, and will likely function in an ST role if he makes a Jets club that has no shortage of defensive backs on hand.
Jones, who played his college ball at Division II Shorter University, signed with the Jets on May 9 but didn’t even last a month with the team.
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