The NFL can be a brutal work place. You are loved one second, and hated the next. Employed in one instance, and released the next day.
This is what happened with Pittsburgh Steelers ILB Jon Bostic. After the Steelers traded up 10 spots in the 2019 NFL Draf to select ILB Devin Bush, and after signing ILB Mark Barron in free agency, the team decided to cut ties with Bostic.
We have terminated the contract of LB Jon Bostic.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 27, 2019
The writing was on the wall for Bostic after those aforementioned moves. There just aren’t enough roster spots for a player like Bostic, who doesn’t play special teams. Bostic was signed last year in free agency when the team failed to pick up an inside linebacker in the 2018 NFL Draft, and was unable to land a significant player in free agency to try and patch the hole left by Ryan Shazier.
Now Bostic has to wonder where his next NFL home will be, and if a team will even pick up the phone? In 2018, Bostic was able to garner 73 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, 3 pass defenses and 5 tackles for a loss. But the most memorable play for Bostic was one most fans would want to forget, when Keenan Allen caught a huge first down pass in front of him to seal a Los Angeles Chargers win at Heinz Field.
The Steelers now have a depth chart which looks like this heading into offseason workouts:
- Vince Williams
- Mark Barron
- Devin Bush
- Tyler Matakevich
- Robert Spillane
- Tegray Scales
- Ulysees Gilbert III
- Ryan Shazier (Projected PUP List Player)
This move was bound to happen, and good for the Steelers for letting Bostic go as soon as they found their man in Bush. This allows Bostic with adequate time to try and find a new team and get acclimated before the regular season.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold after the chaos that is the NFL Draft.