The details of the trade are the Bucs sending safety J.J. Wilcox and a 2019 7th to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2018 6th rounder.
Wilcox was only in Tampa for the duration of the offseason and the preseason after signing a two-year deal worth $8.5 million last March. Since then, he’s been running with the second team alongside rookie Justin Evans.
With the swap of Wilcox and Ward, it’s clear that the Bucs were hoping they were getting a player who could push himself as a potential starter more. They clearly didn’t see that with Wilcox.
After all that, the Bucs essentially picked up Ward and a 6th round pick in exchange for Wilcox, a 7th round pick and about 900,000 more money they’re spending at the position.
Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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