The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed free-agent safety J.J. Wilcox to a two-year contract worth up to $8.5 million, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports.

Wilcox, who spent the first four years of his career with the Dallas Cowboys, bolsters a Buccaneers defensive backfield that has been thin over the middle for several years running.

The 26-year-old is coming off a 2016 season where he started just four of his 13 appearances. He was a regular starter for the two years prior, though, with the most productive showing being a 2014 campaign where he racked up 74 tackles, three interceptions, and five passes defensed.

Wilcox will be the favorite to start next to newly re-signed free safety Chris Conte, replacing current free agent Bradley McDougald.

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