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Steelers add much-needed safety depth in trade with the Buccaneers

Steelers add much-needed safety depth in trade with the Buccaneers

The Steelers sent a sixth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to the Buccaneers for Wilcox and a seventh-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Ward, who agreed to a contract with Tampa Bay earlier in the day.

His addition will immediately add talent at safety behind starters Mike Mitchell and Sean Davis.

The Buccaneers already have Chris Conte and Keith Tandy as starting safeties.

Ward had one more year left on his contract and his agent had discussions with the Broncos, but the team ultimately made a decision to move on and elevate second-year safety Justin Simmons to the starting role. Wilcox from the Dallas Cowboys this offseason and selecting Texas A&M's Justin Evans with a second-round draft pick. He started a total of 41 games throughout his last three seasons in Denver, and Ward also played a vital role in the team's Super Bowl 50 appearance. Dangerfield had some good moments in camp but suffered a mild ankle sprain in the preseason finale, which accentuates the need for Wilcox.

The base salary is guaranteed for 2017 and he's a vested veteran, so he'll be guaranteed a spot on the Steelers roster for the season.

His professional career got underway when the Cowboys selected him in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Georgia Southern, where he was named First-team All-Southern during his senior season.