Atlanta Falcons signs safety J.J. Wilcox to a one-year deal
The Atlanta Falcons have added yet another new face to the fold with the NFC South franchise now adding some much-needed depth to its defensive backfield. According to an official statement released by the team on Monday afternoon, the Falcons have come to terms with veteran safety J.J. Wilcox.
The Falcons also made a point to note that Wilcox has signed a one-year deal with the franchise.
The 28-year-old defender suited up for both the Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets last season. However, Wilcox’s most notable stint atop the highest level came as a member the Dallas Cowboys, the team that originally selected him in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Over the course of his four seasons as a member of the heralded Cowboys, Wilcox started 38 games en route to producing 212 total tackles, 15 pass defenses, five interceptions, and three fumble recoveries.
Wilcox has started just one game during the past two seasons, though, while his role in Atlanta remains undefined. Even so, the veteran defensive back certainly adds a stable presence to the Falcons defense, a unit that is forced to compete with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on a regular basis.
Of course, because of the tandem of the Saints and Panthers, the Falcons were unable to reach the postseason in 2018-19. With the Saints winning the NFC South division a season ago, it appears as though the road to the playoffs will once again go through New Orleans in 2019-20.