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Jets Sign Safety J.J. Wilcox

Played with Dallas & Pittsburgh; LB Freddie Bishop Waived

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back J.J. Wilcox gets set on defense in action against the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 in Baltimore. The Steelers defeated the Ravens 26-9. (G. Newman Lowrance via AP)

The Jets have signed veteran free agent safety J.J. Wilcox and have waived linebacker Freddie Bishop.

Wilcox (6'0", 212) was drafted in the third round (80th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft by Dallas out of Georgia Southern. He played with the Cowboys for four seasons, went to the Buccaneers as an unrestricted free agent in March 2017, was traded to the Steelers at the start of the '17 season and played last year in Pittsburgh. The Steelers released him in April.

For his pro career, Wilcox has played in 70 games (39 starts) with 208 tackles, six interceptions, 16 pass defenses, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Bishop this year had entered his third season with the Jets. A Western Michigan product, he first signed with the Jets in February 2016 after two seasons with the CFL's Calgary Stampeders. He has appeared in nine games (three starts) after beginning the past two seasons on the Jets practice squad, recording 31 tackles, a fumble recovery and a PD.

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