Wilcox backed out of a deal with the 49ers and is expected to ink a deal with the Jets instead, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. Despite agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with the 49ers, Wilcox backed out for unclear reasons. Cimini had sources report that it was either stage fright or a desire to play for Jets head coach Todd Bowles. Either way, Wilcox should be in green and white come Week 1. Bowles has expressed that all 22 starting positions are up for grabs, but Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye both manned the two safety roles as rookies in 2017 and will be looking to make major strides in their development this offseason. This will make it tough for Wilcox to earn a starting job. The 27-year-old slotted into a limited role with the Steelers last season and was held to 12 tackles in 12 games, so he projects as a rotational safety in 2018.
Wilcox agreed with the 49ers on Tuesday on a one-year deal, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Wilcox was released by the Steelers back in April after he appeared in 12 games and recorded 12 tackles and an interception in his lone season with the club. With Jaquiski Tartt and Jimmie Ward locked in as the starting safeties in San Francisco, Wilcox looks bound to compete for a depth role in the 49ers secondary while also seeing reps on special teams.
Wilcox was released by the Steelers on Monday, Teresa Varley of the team's official site reports. Wilcox functioned primarily as a depth safety and special teams asset during his short tenure in Pittsburgh. Once the Steelers' front office decided to bring in rookie safeties Terrell Edmunds and Marcus Allen through the draft, the writing on the wall became apparent.
Wilcox recorded five tackles (four solo) and an interception in Sunday's 23-17 overtime loss to the Bears. Wilcox showed no lingering effects from the concussion he sustained last week, picking off a pass thrown behind Zach Miller at the Chicago 21, which led to a tying field goal by Chris Boswell midway through the fourth quarter. This was his first interception of the season and the sixth of his career. He'll look to add to that total in Week 4 against Baltimore, as the Pittsburgh defense recorded two interceptions in their two games against the Ravens last season.
Wilcox (concussion) is inactive for Sunday's tilt against the Vikings, Teresa Varley of Steelers.com reports. Wilcox originally suffered a concussion during the Steelers' Week 1 victory in Cleveland, and it'll keep him sidelined Sunday despite him practicing as a limited participant Friday. Sean Davis and Mike Mitchell are expected to start at safety per usual, with Robert Golden providing depth behind the duo.
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