The New York Jets agree to terms with Ellis Lankster and Darrin Walls


The Jets have finally made their first free-agent signings.

No, neither of these signings is the biggest news of the offseason, but they do provide the Jets with some stability in a secondary that was all over the place in 2013.

Walls was actually one of the Jets’ most consistent corners this past season and did an admirable job as a fill-in, fourth cornerback. The three-year veteran finished the year with 17 tackles and four passes defended. He started three games.

The 26-year-old Lankster just finished his third season playing for Rex Ryan in New York and, like Walls, is familiar with the defensive schemes he needs to know. He finished last year with just 16 tackles, but in 2012, he did pack the stat book, compiling 24 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, six passes defended and a sack.

Earlier Wednesday, the Jets claimed another cornerback, Johnny Patrick, off waivers from the San Diego Chargers. Next up in cornerback news may be the restructuring of Antonio Cromartie’s contract.

Neither the terms of Lankster’s deal nor the terms of Wall’s deal were disclosed.

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