The Indianapolis Colts keep making roster moves, as they announced this afternoon that they have signed inside linebacker Jon Bostic.
The Colts had Bostic in for a visit last month, and they’ve now decided to sign him to their 90-man roster. Bostic was originally drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft and spent his first couple of years with Chicago before he was traded to the New England Patriots early in the 2015 season. The Patriots then traded Bostic to the Detroit Lions in the 2016 offseason, but Bostic missed the entire 2016 season due to injury. Overall, Bostic has played in 40 games and started 18 of them, racking up 143 tackles, two sacks, four passes defensed, and an interception.
He was productive during his first two years with the Bears. In 2013 as a rookie he played in all 16 games and started nine of them, recording 57 tackles, two sacks, a pass defensed, and a pick. The next year, in 2014, Bostic played in 13 games and started eight, recording 84 tackles and three passes defensed. With the Patriots in 2015, however, he played in eleven games but started just one, recording two tackles.
This move adds depth at inside linebacker for the Colts, adding Bostic to a position group that includes Sean Spence (also signed this offseason), Edwin Jackson, and Antonio Morrison. It’s also possible that the Colts could still address the position through the draft, too. But this is likely an example of the Colts buying low on a player who missed all of last year with an injury, giving Bostic a chance to show what he can do on a team that is in need of inside linebacker help.