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Jets Sign Ex-Steelers DB Shamarko Thomas


The Jets have signed unrestricted free agent defensive back Shamarko Thomas and have waived undrafted free agent linebacker Jevaris Jones.

Thomas (5'9", 205) was Pittsburgh's fourth-round selection (111th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Syracuse. He had been with the Steelers until this offseason, playing in 48 regular-season games (two starts) plus three playoff games. He has 38 defensive tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He also contributed 29 special-teams tackles in his four seasons.

Jones, a product of Shorter University, was signed last month after participating as a tryout at the Jets' rookie minicamp. He tallied 106 tackles last season with 15 stops coming behind the line of scrimmage and forced four fumbles, sixth-most in Division II.

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