Steelers release J.J. Wilcox

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The Steelers picked two safeties during the draft and their arrival has pushed a veteran defensive back out the door in Pittsburgh.

The team announced that they released safety J.J. Wilcox on Monday.

Wilcox, who was acquired in a trade with the Buccaneers last year, was due a non-guaranteed salary of $3.125 million and his departure leaves $625,000 in dead money on the cap. Wilcox had 12 tackles and an interception in 12 games for the Steelers last season.

First-round pick Terrell Edmunds and fifth-round pick Marcus Allen are not the only new additions to the safety group in Pittsburgh this offseason. The Steelers also signed Morgan Burnett and Nat Berhe as free agents with Sean Davis back from last season’s team.

8 responses to “Steelers release J.J. Wilcox

  1. No surprise. Can’t pay your third safety 3 million plus.
    Wilcox is talented and fairly tough. He just gets lost
    in his reads and blows too many coverages. He only
    played one year of defense in college. His workout
    numbers were great so teams thought they could
    coach him up. Still waiting.

  2. Saw this one coming — freeing up $$$ to sign a LB. Not like they were going to go into into camp with 8 safeties. Tom Bradley’s going to be busy getting all these guys up to speed and getting Sean Davis back on track.

  3. There are reasons why both Dallas and Tampa dumped him so easily. He sure ain’t worth no $3 million.

    Steelers still should end up carrying 5 safeties and 6 CBs, or even 7 CBs if they only have 4 inside LBs and use safeties as cover scheme LBs. The scheme elements of the secondary might end up being more influenced by Tomlin though more than previously, as the new secondary coach Bradley is more of a skills teacher by reputation.

    Talent-wise in the secondary Pittsburgh is better off now than they were at the end of last year, and with the exception of Burnett and Haden, they are all young and getting better. Bradley should be better at teaching them than Carnell Lake ever was.

    Go Steelers!

  4. Wish I hadn’t spent that $159.99 (plus taxation) through NFL Shop for my J.J. Wilcox Steeler’s jersey

  5. Another giant bust for the Steelers. Of course, replacing him with Edmunds is not going to happen. As everyone agrees, Edmunds was taken way too early in the draft and is going to be a giant disappointment if they do anything but put him on the practice squad.

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