The Jets announced they have re-signed CBs Ellis Lankster and Darrin Walls.
Lankster was due to be an unrestricted free agent by Tuesday. He was second on the team with 20 special teams tackles in 2013.
Walls was set to be a restricted free agent. He had 24 tackles and five defended passes, playing in all 16 games last season with the Jets.
Bent, TheJetsBlog.comI’m pleased with these two moves. Bringing back Lankster for special teams purposes alone was vitally important but, as regular readers will know, I still believe he can contribute on defense as well. He’s also a popular member of the team and the Jets will be glad to have been able to bring him back because there was apparently interest from several other teams around the league. Walls held his own for the most part whenever he was called upon last year and is an ideal candidate for a backup role. He would have been a restricted free agent, but was unlikely to be tendered.
Each of these players bring different things to the table. Walls has excellent recovery speed, reactions and timing, whereas Lankster is physical and excels in press coverage.
One other cornerbacker – Aaron Berry – remains a pending unrestricted free agent. I wonder if the fact they’ve re-signed Walls and Lankster means he will be gone. Berry has arguably been better in the slot than either of these players in his career so far, but is coming off a torn ACL suffered early in camp. Perhaps the Jets will wait until they can determine how his recovery is going before they make that call.