The Chicago Bears today traded inside linebacker Jon Bostic to the New England Patriots for a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Bostic was the team's second-round selection in 2013. He played in 29 games in two-plus seasons with Bears, including 17 starts. In his career the 6-1, 245 pounder has 141 tackles, 2.0 sacks and one interception.
Bostic missed all of OTAs this off-season due to back and hip injuries, then missed the first three games of the regular season because of an ankle injury. He was slated to return to action this week for the Bears, although as a backup in defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's 3-4 system, for which he was not a good fit.
This move comes immediately on the heels of Jared Allen being shipped to the Carolina Panthers for another sixth-round pick earlier in the day. The Bears now have three sixth-round selections in next year's draft.
The Bostic trade was first reported by ESPN and has not yet been officially announced by the Bears.