According to multiple reports free agent safety J.J. Wilcox is heading to the New York area and is expected to sign with the New York Jets. This comes after a somewhat unusual chain of events which saw Wilcox back out at the last minute of a deal he reportedly was set to sign with the San Francisco 49ers. Wilcox was in the 49ers offices when he supposedly “flipped out”, left the offices without signing, and headed to New York. Wilcox reportedly is very intent on playing for Jets head coach Todd Bowles.
J.J. Wilcox is a 27 year old, 6’ 0”, 212 pound safety out of Georgia Southern University. He was originally selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the 80th overall pick in the 3rd round of the 2013 NFL draft. Wilcox was a starter for the Cowboys in 2014 and 2015. He had his best year in 2014, when he started all 16 games and had 81 tackles, three interceptions and five passes defensed.
Wilcox played the first four years of his career for Dallas before leaving in free agency to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017. For his career Wilcox has played in 70 games in five years, with 39 starts. He has accumulated a total of 224 tackles, 6 interceptions, 16 passes defended and 2 forced fumbles. Wilcox has an unusually versatile background. In college he started out as a receiver, then switched to running back, before ending his career as a safety, while also handling some kick returner duties.
The addition of Wilcox might mean trouble for Rontez Miles, who would appear to fill the same role as Wilcox for the Jets. Miles is one of the few players on the Jets roster who will be 30 years old during the 2018 NFL season, he costs nearly $2 million against the salary cap, and none of his money is guaranteed. Wilcox is a significantly more accomplished player, and with the Jets in the middle of a full youth movement, Miles may have to battle Wilcox for one spot as the primary backup strong safety.