The Pittsburgh Steelers have solved their inside linebacker problem, inking a contract with former Indianapolis Colt, Jon Bostic to a 2-year deal.
According to Ian Rapoport, the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed Bostic to a 2-year deal. After spending just one season in Indy, the inside linebacker is looking at a starting position in Pittsburgh to replace the injured Ryan Shazier.
Bostic recorded 97 tackles with the Colts last season. The inside linebacker has proven to be more of a run stuffer than cover man, but can still make a significant impact in this Steelers defense.
The 2013 second-round pick for the Chicago Bears has made his way around the NFL. Formerly with the Patriots, Colts, Bears and Lions, Bostic took a few years to develop into the reliable backer he was last season.
This is a huge signing for Pittsburgh. The Steelers needed to find an inside linebacker and safety. Up until today, they showed little signs of getting a deal done in free agency, meaning they’d have to rely on the draft for both positions.
Now, they can use their No. 28 pick to find their next Mike Mitchell and complete this defense before the start of next season.
Bostic will join Vince Williams in the middle as two of the most dominant rush stoppers in the game. The secondary will need to step up in coverage, but with a finished defensive backfield, this group of guys should be able to take care of business in all aspects of the field.
This is likely the end of Pittsburgh’s offseason signings outside of a few veteran minimum’s. With one major concern filled, though, they’ll likely take their money and focus on signing Le’Veon Bell to a long-term deal.
Signing Bostic takes care of one of two needs they had to settle this summer. Now, the NFL Draft becomes much more predictable, but much more exciting, knowing they can round out their roster with one pick.