With the timing of his trade coming so soon to the start of the regular season, the first opportunity Wilcox will have to suit up as a member of the Steelers will come when the team opens their season on September 10 on the road against the Cleveland Browns.
The flurry of activity began last Tuesday when the team made a deal with San Francisco to acquire tight end Vance McDonald. Wilcox lost his starting job in 2016 to first-round pick Byron Jones after he had started the previous two seasons for the Cowboys. Wilcox joined the Buccaneers as an unrestricted free agent in March after spending four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.
An soft-tissue leg injury suffered on July 30 kept him out for the entire preseason.
Just when you thought the Pittsburgh Steelers were all done with moves, they make one more.
This also puts the Steelers over on the required 53-man roster limit.
Pittsburgh acquiring Wilcox gives the team 54 active roster players, plus Le'Veon Bell, who does not count against the roster until he signs his franchise tag tender.
In addition to the trade for Wilcox, the Steelers signed 10 players to their practice squad: center Kyle Friend, tight end Jake McGee, running back Fitzgerald Toussaint, wide receivers Marcus Tucker and Justin Thomas, linebacker Matt Galambos, safety Jacob Hagen, defensive end Lavon Hooks, linebacker Farrington Huguenin and cornerback Dashaun Phillips.