The Indianapolis Colts continued tweaking their defensive on Thursday, signing veteran inside linebacker Jon Bostic.
Terms of the deal were not released.
Bostic gives the Colts yet another viable candidate to start at one of the two inside linebacker spots. That unit continues to be wide open as the Colts begin offseason workouts.
Though a veteran of four seasons, Bostic is just 25 years old. Concerns about a foot injury that sidelined him for the duration of the 2016 season with the Detroit Lions likely affected his free-agent status, but Bostic has a track record of making an impact.
He’s started 17 games in his career with the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots, including a career-high nine starts as a rookie in 2013.
A former second-round pick, Bostic has been traded twice in his career. That’s a fact that at least suggests teams saw legitimate value in his services and saw fit to give up something in return for him.
The Colts now have two young veterans at inside linebacker in Bostic and recently signed Sean Spence.
Antonio Morrison and Edwin Jackson — who were the starters at the end of 2016 — figure to be in the mix as well.
Of the Colts’ 12 free-agent signings since the start of the 2017 league year, eight have been defensive players.