Free agent S JJ Wilcox took a flight to New Jersey on Tuesday night, confirmed SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, and the Jets' signing of Wilcox became official on Wednesday, with the Jets waiving LB Freddie Bishop.
Wilcox flew to New Jersey just hours after rejecting the 49ers at the last minute, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. One source told Schefter that Wilcox "flipped" after he was at the 49ers' offices to sign with them, and wanted to instead play for the Jets under head coach Todd Bowles.
Another source told Schefter that "he got stage fright."
Wilcox, who has played for the Cowboys, Buccaneers, and Steelers, has six interceptions and two forced fumbles in five seasons in the NFL. He has had one interception in each of the last three seasons.
Wilcox was only briefly on the Buccaneers before he was traded to the Steelers last Sept. 3. He was limited to a season-low 12 games with Pittsburgh last season, and only started one game.