Backup safety Rontez Miles, a valuable special-teams player for the New York Jets, will miss at least three months after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee, a source confirmed Wednesday.
Miles' surgery was first reported by NFL Network.
Miles, 29, entering his fourth season, led the Jets in special-teams tackles last season. He played in 11 percent of the defensive snaps, finishing with eight tackles.
The Wilcox-for-Miles swap solidifies the team's depth at safety. Second-year players Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye are returning starters, with Wilcox and Terrence Brooks the top backups. The Jets regard Wilcox as a strong special-teams player.
Maye is sitting out the offseason as he recovers from arthroscopic ankle surgery, but he's expected to be ready for training camp.