Buccaneers to sign former Broncos safety TJ Ward

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have traded veteran safety J.J. Wilcox to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have yet to confirm the signing, though.

In the trade, the Buccaneers receive a sixth-round pick in next year's draft in exchange for Wilcox and a seventh-round pick in the 2019 draft.

First-choice free safety Mike Mitchell has said he plans to play on Sunday, Sept. 10 against the Cleveland Browns, but also cautioned that it would be somewhat arrogant to assume he could step straight back onto the field. Wilcox was seeing action as the third safety in the Bucs' "big nickel" packages, however.

Justin Simmons, whom the Broncos selected in the third round of the 2016 draft, has played in Ward's spot in the preseason and will be the starter into the regular season as well.

Ward made the Pro Bowl three times during his four years in Denver. he was on the final year of his contract before he was cut. Dangerfield had some good moments in camp but suffered a mild ankle sprain in the preseason finale, which accentuates the need for Wilcox.

Just a day after the Steelers announced their 53-man roster, it has already changed. Golden is a former team captain who enters the second year of a three-year, $4.95 million contract.

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

  • Stacy Allen