On Thursday, the Indianapolis Colts announced the signing of free agent inside linebacker Jon Bostic. Also, Rob Demovsky of ESPN reported that the Colts will be signing free-agent rookie tight end Mo Alie-Cox.
At 6-1 and 245 pounds, Bostic has ideal size for inside linebacker. He has started 18-of-40 career games, so he also has plenty of experience. Bostic’s big issue in his career is injuries. It is the reason that he has found himself on three teams in four years. In his stints with the Chicago Bears (2013-’14), New England Patriots (2015) and Detroit Lions (2016), he has missed eight games in addition to the entire 2016 season. Bostic has totaled 142 tackles (8 for loss), 2.0 sacks, 1 fumble recovered, 1 interception and 4 pass breakups in his career.
By now, you likely know that Alie-Cox (6-6, 262 pounds) is a former basketball player from VCU. He garnered plenty of interest around the league this spring, having 30 of 32 teams checking up on him. The Colts were obviously among them, having put Alie-Cox through a private workout. The Colts already have one basketball-turned-football project in Erik Swoope. They now hope for another success story in Alie-Cox.
The reason that Alie-Cox did not have to go through the draft process this year, according to Matt Miller of Bleacher Report, is because he was eligible for the draft last year. Since he was not taken, he became a free agent afterward.
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