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Pittsburgh Steelers sign LB Jon Bostic to 2-year contract

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed their first outside free agent by adding LB Jon Bostic to their roster.

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The wait is over...

The Pittsburgh Steelers have finally made a move in free agency, and have done so at a crucial position. The team has reportedly signed former Colts linebacker Jon Bostic to a 2-year contract.

This from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:

For those who don’t know, Bostic is a 26-year old linebacker who last played for the Indianapolis Colts, but has also played for the Patriots and Bears. He is coming off his best statistical season by totaling 97 total tackles and a sack for the hapless Colts last year.

If you are looking at this statistics, you may notice the 2016 season is missing. After being traded to the Detroit Lions, he was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury and missed the entire season before being traded to the Colts prior to 2017.

Bostic is an inside linebacker by trade, and is a huge need for the Steelers in the absence of Ryan Shazier. As expected, the team adding a free agent linebacker would be in the cards, but don’t think the team won’t also address this need in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Bostic, who attended the University of Florida, will re-join his former Gator teammates Maurkice Pouncey, Marcus Gilbert and Joe Haden on the team’s roster.

What this signing likely means is the reunion with Lawrence Timmons probably isn’t happening. Nonetheless, the Steelers liked Bostic’s game enough to sign him to a two-year deal. Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on contract details, and more!