Steelers receive J.J. Wilcox in trade with Tampa Bay

Posted on Sep 3 2017 - 8:02pm by Rachael McKriger
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Photo of J.J. Wilcox courtesy of Tom Pennington/Getty Images.

Looks like T.J. Watt will know two NFL players named “J.J.”

Watt famously is the younger brother of Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. Now, T.J. will have a teammate on the Pittsburgh Steelers that shares the same name.

The Steelers announced on Sunday – one day after trimming their roster down to 53 players – that they have received safety J.J. Wilcox in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In return, the Buccaneers will receive the Steelers’ six-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The Steelers also received Tampa Bay’s seventh-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Wilcox, who started his career with the Dallas Cowboys and remained there until 2016, never featured for the Buccaneers. He signed a two-year contract with them during this past offseason. However, he will wear black and gold this season.

The former third-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Wilcox has made 158 career tackles, and has recorded a safety. In addition, he has recorded five interceptions and two forced fumbles.

In addition to the Wilcox trade, the Steelers announced the 10 players that will make up their practice squad.

The practice squad includes offensive players Kyle Friend, Jake McGee, Fitzgerald Toussaint, Marcus Tucker and Justin Thomas. Defensive players include Matt Galambos, Jacob Hagen, Lavon Hooks, Farrington Huguenin and Dashuan Phillips.

The Steelers will open up their regular season against the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.

 

 

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