Linebacker Jon Bostic is headed back to the NFC North.
The Patriots have traded Bostic to the Lions in exchange for an undisclosed conditional draft pick. Field Yates of ESPN.com reports that it is a 2017 seventh-round pick, although there’s no word on the conditions that would convey that pick to New England.
Bostic started his career as a 2013 second-round pick of the Bears and was traded to the Patriots last September and had two tackles in 11 regular season appearances. He played 29 games and made 17 starts for the Bears in his first two seasons.
The Lions currently have DeAndre Levy, Tahir Whitehead, Josh Bynes, Kyle Van Noy, Brandon Copeland 2016 fifth-rounder Antwione Williams and Stephen Tulloch at linebacker, although it’s been expected for some time that they will be parting ways with Tulloch.