The Steelers have finally made a move in free agency. Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Pittsburgh signed linebacker Jon Bostic to a two-year contract. The worth of the contract has yet to be announced.
Steelers signing LB Jon Bostic to a two-year deal, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 18, 2018
Bostic, who spent 2017 with the Colts, was a productive player for Indianapolis with 97 total tackles in 14 games played. He missed the final two games with a knee injury.
Bostic was a 2nd round pick for the Chicago Bears in 2013. He has bounced around in his career since that time, finally finding some consistency last season with the Colts.
The Steelers have needed to address the inside linebacker position since Ryan Shazier‘s spinal injury in Cincinnati last season. Bostic could fit in next to Vince Williams for the Steelers next season in their 3-4 scheme. This also isn’t necessarily the answer for the Steelers at the position. They could still draft an inside linebacker in the draft, but this could open up position flexibility in the draft. Safety is another position that needs to be addressed in the draft.
The Steelers’ cap situation is tight, so it’s hard to imagine there is a lot of money tied up in a contract like this. More moves could still be made by General Manager Kevin Colbert. This signing does ensure at least more depth at a position of great need.