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 was released by the Steelers back in April after just one year with the team, where he appeared in 12 games and recorded 12 tackles and one interceptions. At a minimum, Wilcox should be able to carve out a special teams role in San Fransisco, but he should also have a legitimate opportunity this offseason to carve out a role for himself in the team's secondary.
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 the 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) was a full participant at practice Wednesday.
Wilcox was nearly active the Steelers' victory over the Vikings on Sunday, but was ultimately did not suit up. Now clear of the league's concussion protocol, the 26-year-old will likely resume his role as reserve safety and special teams contributor.
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