Jets do the punter shuffle

AP

The Jets weren’t shy about their desire to have Tim Tebow personally protect someone other than T.J. Conley during the preseason.

Travis Baltz was with the team in training camp and they claimed Spencer Lanning off waivers before the final preseason game, but Conley held off his challengers. Until Tuesday, anyway.

Kimberley Martin of Newsday reports that the team has signed punter Robert Malone after a workout on Tuesday. Conley, who was erratic both last season and throughout the preseason, has been released. Malone spent training camp with the Chargers, but got cut when rosters went down to 53 players. He played one game with the Lions last season, punting five times for a 49-yard gross average although one got returned for a touchdown by Devin Hester. At least Malone, who played for the Bucs in 2010, has company on that front.

The Jets also waived defensive tackle Isaako Aaitui a few days after claiming him off of waivers from the Dolphins.