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Jets Sign Ex-Steelers DB Shamarko Thomas

Syracuse Product Played Past 4 Seasons with Pittsburgh; Tryout LB Jevaris Jones Waived


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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