Check out the new Crusader items, lots of them have plenty defense on. With a few drops, like the chest and pants from the first bosses you should be fine dropping tanking weapon and picking a dps one instead.
Problem is that most new weapons are 2.6s speed and not 1.6s so the number of choices is not increasing that much if you wanna keep a fast weapon.
Could also argue that the buffed devastate in the patch makes more appealing to
try a slower weapon for more devastate dmg, assuming you can keep rage up from