Well, it looks like reality has finally started to set in for Chicago. A mini fire sale occurred Monday, as the Bears traded defensive end Jared Allen to the Carolina Panthers and linebacker Jon Bostic to the New England Patriots.
Both trades netted the Bears 6th round picks which at the surface may not seem like a lot, but gives Chicago some flexibility in this years draft to move up and possibly select a quarterback. Jared Allen, who was linked to the Pats a couple years ago when he still played for the Vikings, is on the back 9 and looks to have his best years behind him
On the other end of the spectrum, we have Jon Bostic. The University of Florida alum was selected in the 2nd round (50th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. In 2 seasons, the 6-foot-1, 246 pound linebacker totaled 141 tackles, 2 sacks and 1 INT.
While he is no Dont'a Hightower or Jamie Collins, Bostic will provide even more depth to arguably the best linebacking core in the NFL. With the uncertainty of Jerod Mayo's future with the team, coupled with Bostic's contract extending him through the 2016, this looks to be a move heavily influenced on looking towards the future.
Similarly to the Akeem Ayers trade of last season, Bostic was stuck in a defensive scheme that was in the midst of transitioning from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 defense. Belichik is notorious for taking players that are in struggling situations and having them blossom into borderline stars (Akeem Ayers, Jonathan Casillas, Keshawn Martin, Aquib Talib).
He can kind of hit too. Check it out.
Another added bonus, he almost killed Teddy Bridgewater in college.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS