Defensive back Ellis Lankster signed a one-year deal with the Jets today, according to a person with knowledge of the transaction. That person requested anonymity because the team has not yet announced the move.
This is a low impact move. Lankster will likely fill the role of Isiah Trufant on the back of the depth chart in the secondary. Most of his work will probably be on special teams.
A product of West Virginia University, Lankster played 10 games with the Buffalo Bills in 2009. He was Buffalo's seventh round selection that season. The playing time became important after he was cut by New York this year because reports indicated the Jets wanted him on the practice squad. Due to those games, he was ineligible, though, for practice squad duties under National Football League rules. He also spent a brief period with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League last year.