Steelers acquire J.J. Wilcox in trade with Buccaneers

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The Steelers have made their third trade in the last two days.

Safety J.J. Wilcox is headed to Pittsburgh from Tampa Bay. The Steelers gave the Buccaneers their sixth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and the Buccaneers will also ship their seventh-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to the Steelers.

Wilcox signed a two-year contract with the Bucs this offseason, but Tampa Bay decided he was expendable after setting its initial 53-man roster yesterday. Wilcox previously played four years with the Cowboys, who drafted him in the third round in 2013.

Yesterday the Steelers traded Sammie Coates to the Browns and Ross Cockrell to the Giants.

28 responses to “Steelers acquire J.J. Wilcox in trade with Buccaneers

  1. Looks like the Steelers realize their secondary was a problem last year. Maybe the recent changes will help, maybe not. At least they are not standing pat and hoping for the best. With Big Ben getting on in years, they know they need to go for #7 now, or wait for another franchise QB.

  2. If you can’t draft 2ndary, bring some in. Athough I thing Burns is gonna be a player. Belichick does the same thing with WRs.

  3. Not much in return for Wilcox.

    On another note, this just shows how little power players have. They so rarely get true free agency, and even when Wilcox did and chose the team he wanted to sign with, he still gets shipped away to a city he didn’t choose to live in.

  4. Can’t remember this many moves by the Steelers before the season starts. Agree with Kolo, and that they are pulling out the stops to win the Super Bowl this year. I applaud them for that at least. The offense is completely stacked, but the defense needed shored up to help with the many younger players that still need some seasoning. Go Steelers!!

  5. Talented guy who just keeps making mental errors. Maybe the Steelers
    Defensive coaches will get him straight ..if so a good value trade.

  6. Like I said when they traded for Haden, this would worry me if I was a Steeler fan with how much they’ve put into the secondary through the draft recently. Picking up Butler’s or most defensive coordinator’s system isn’t exactly easy to do if you come from something different, which both Tampa’s and Cleveland’s last couple of systems are from Pittsburgh’s. And no, you don’t just line up and cover like on Madden if you’re a DB. Way more to playing in a defensive scheme than that, even for DBs.

  7. When Ward was released I thought Pittsburgh might be a potential landing spot but in many ways this is probably a better player for them. Ward can be a liability in coverage since the speed just isn’t there. When the Dolphins showed interest in Wilcox I went back and watched quite a bit of him on the all 22. His speed certainly isn’t a problem but his judgement can be as he looks lost sometimes although to a large extent that can be schemed for, he was asked to do far too much in Dallas. So long as he is put in the right position to take advantage of his skill set this trade could have a nice return at a low cost for Pittsburgh.

  8. They are certainly trying hard to improve what’s probably been the weakest area on the team in recent years. Two rookie starters last year, Haden instantly became their 2nd best cornerback, and now getting Wilcox. Hilton and Allen have a lot of potential this year too. I like what Pittsburgh has been doing, but everyone’s record is 0-0 right now. Nothing matters until we see how they play the games. …but I’m optimistic!

    Go Steelers!

  9. maverick2560 says:
    September 3, 2017 at 5:46 pm
    Talented guy who just keeps making mental errors. Maybe the Steelers
    Defensive coaches will get him straight ..if so a good value trade.
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    I wouldn’t expect the Steeler’s DB coach Carnell Lake improving any player. They’ve brought in quite a few DB’s the last few years and they have all pretty much regressed during their time there. Lake was a very good NFL Safety but that hasn’t transferred into coaching. Many in Steeler Nation were calling for his head last year. We’ll see what this year brings.

  10. holeinone09 says:
    September 3, 2017 at 5:29 pm
    Can’t remember this many moves by the Steelers before the season starts. Agree with Kolo, and that they are pulling out the stops to win the Super Bowl this year. I applaud them for that at least. The offense is completely stacked, but the defense needed shored up to help with the many younger players that still need some seasoning. Go Steelers!!
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    PIT trading for Wilcox has nothing to do with pulling out all the stops to go for a SB this year and everything to do with the Steelers not being comfortable with their roster and trying to shore up major weak areas on their roster. If the Steelers were pulling out all the Stops they would of signed one of the top Safety’s and CBs in Free Agency, not a below AVG safety and a CB on his last legs who has been good in years & was cut by the freaking Browns of all teams. The Steelers are going about shoring up major holes via pulling players off the scrap heap.

  11. From a Cowboys to Steelers fans….

    Not trying to hate on Wilcox, he will smack WRs here and there and make you love him, but then take a ridiculous angle to the ball 2-3 times for every one mean hit and piss you off to where you dont want him around. His brain never adjusted from small school to NFL.

    If he is late showing up in Pittsburgh, he is probably in like Altoona putting a smack on someone.

  12. Also, about that offense being stacked as long as Big Ben is there. Guys, he hasn’t been good away from Pittsburgh in 2 years now. In fact, he’s been terrible on the road the last 2 years. You’re supposed to be fans of this team, so you should know that.

  13. MIGHT AS WELL PUT J.J. WALKER OR J.J. STOKES BACK THERE, J.J. WILCOX IS BRUTAL, I AM A COWBOYS FAN AND I SAW HIM SINCE HE WAS A ROOKIE. AS A PREVIOUS POSTER SAID IT BEST, HE WILL HAMMER THE CRAP OUT OF A RECEIVER BUT HE WILL TAKE BRUTAL ANGLES TOO, GOOD LUCK STEELER FANS!

  14. Also, about that offense being stacked as long as Big Ben is there. Guys, he hasn’t been good away from Pittsburgh in 2 years now. In fact, he’s been terrible on the road the last 2 years. You’re supposed to be fans of this team, so you should know that.

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    So explain last year’s 11-5 record if he sucks on the road? Think before you hit post……duh

  15. The Steelers defense has a lot of talent, and as the season goes on, will likely become a force to be reckoned with…

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