Thursday, 21 September, 2017

Steelers add much-needed safety depth in trade with the Buccaneers

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Clarence Schmidt | 05 September, 2017, 19:04

Former Denver Broncos safety T.J. Ward will sign a one-year deal worth $5 million with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a source told ESPN's Josina Anderson.

The trade was the Steelers' third in the past two days and fifth major move in the past week. Ward, who agreed to a contract with Tampa Bay earlier in the day. The Steelers gave the Buccaneers their sixth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Wilcox, 26, was paid $1.8 million last season with the Cowboys in the final year of his rookie deal.

In addition to the trade for Wilcox, the Steelers signed 10 players to their practice squad: center Kyle Friend, tight end Jake McGee, running back Fitzgerald Toussaint, wide receivers Marcus Tucker and Justin Thomas, linebacker Matt Galambos, safety Jacob Hagen, defensive end Lavon Hooks, linebacker Farrington Huguenin and cornerback Dashaun Phillips.

He was brought in to challenge for a starting role but wound up behind Chris Conte and Keith Tandy on the depth chart.

Wilcox spent most of his career with the Dallas Cowboys and had 38 career starts in four seasons. In his three seasons with the Broncos, the 30-year-old Ward started 41 games. Having made the initial 53-man roster, he and one other player could go on the injured-reserve and return midway through the season.

Wilcox, who is in his fifth National Football League season, signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason.

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