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Report: Buccaneers sign former Cowboys S J.J. Wilcox to two-year deal

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed former Dallas Cowboys safety J.J. Wilcox to a two-year deal worth up to $8.5 million, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports.

Wilcox, 26, played mostly a reserve role behind starters Barry Church and Byron Jones with the Cowboys in 2016, starting just four of the 13 games in which he played.

Despite missing three games with a thigh bruise, he was better in coverage than the previous year and finished the season with 49 tackles, six pass deflections, an interception and one forced fumble.

The Cowboys selected Wilcox in the third round of the 2013 draft after playing safety for just one season at Georgia Southern, where he mostly played running back.

He started five of 13 games as a rookie and moved into a full-time starting role with the Cowboys in 2014, finishing with 74 tackles and a career-high three interceptions. While he was a big hitter, he was inconsistent in coverage.

Wilcox becomes the third free agent signing of the Bucs, joining receiver DeSean Jackson and defensive tackle Chris Baker.

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