Buccaneers sign safety JJ Wilcox

Shannon It’s now a two-team race

Wilcox was a third round selection out of Georgia Southern back in 2013.

Wilcox came to Tampa Bay on Friday still looking to make a visit to Seattle before signing with the Bucs, but made the choice to immediately sign with the Buccaneers before even visiting the Seahawks.

Although there appeared to be an opportunity to earn playing time on the Cowboys next season with Church also leaving in free agency, Wilcox instead chose to move on for another chapter in his National Football League career.

The Cowboys previously lost safety Barry Church in free agency to the Jaguars. In college, he played only one year of safety after spending three years at running back. And the young safety struggled early. Dallas isn't just losing a player here; Church is a team captain and a leader. While he was a big hitter, he was inconsistent in coverage.

In a limited role throughout the season, Heath was credited with 20 tackles, one interception and two passes defensed. Wilcox started all 16 games at free safety that year, recording 81 total tackles.

The 26-year-old now joins a Buccaneers squad that is considered one of the up-and-coming organizations in the league. The Cowboys considered making him a hybrid linebacker/safety in 2016, but ultimately he was used as a rotational player and strong safety. But with only three players at the position, the Cowboys will certainly need to bring in some talent either via free agency, the NFL Draft...or both. They've also grown comfortable with the idea of possibly starting Jeff Heath at safety opposite of Jones.



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