Bills Sign Safeties Shamarko Thomas & Trae Elston, Place S Colt Anderson On IR


The Buffalo Bills announced Tuesday that they’ve signed S Trae Elston and S Shamarko Thomas to a contracts and placed S Colt Anderson on injured reserve with a broken arm.

Thomas, 26, is a former fourth-round pick of the Steelers back in 2013. He played out the final year of his four-year, $2,613,152 rookie contract with the Steelers and had been testing the open market as an unrestricted free agent for several months before signing on with the Jets this past June.

Unfortunately, New York elected to cut him loose coming out of the preseason.

In 2016, Thomas appeared in eight games and recorded seven tackles, no interceptions or pass defenses.

Elston, 23, wound up signing on with the Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Ole Miss back in May of last year. He was unfortunately waived coming out of the preseason but later signed on to the Buccaneers’ practice squad.

The Buccaneers would cut him loose a month later and he eventually caught on with the Browns towards the end of the year. Cleveland brought Elston back on a future/reserve contract this past January but he was waived shortly before the draft and claimed off of waivers by the Bills.

Buffalo cut him loose a few weeks ago and he was claimed off waivers by the Eagles. Unfortunately, he lasted just a week in Philadelphia before he was waived.

In 2017, Elston has been active for two games but has yet to record a statistic.

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