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Detroit Lions trade for Patriots linebacker Jonathan Bostic

The Detroit Lions have added another player to their linebacker depth.

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While we continue to wait for the next chapter in the Stephen Tulloch saga, the Detroit Lions added another linebacker to their roster on Monday. The team announced they have traded for New England Patriots linebacker Jonathan Bostic, sending an undisclosed draft pick to the Patriots. ESPN's Field Yates has the details:

Bostic was actually traded from the Chicago Bears to the Patriots for a sixth-round pick back in 2015. Last season with the Patriots, Bostic played in 11 games with only one start. He only tallied two total tackles, but was a special teams contributor for much of the season.

Back in 2014 with the Bears, Bostic started half of the games and posted 83 total tackles. Just three years ago, Bostic was a second-round draft pick.

The Lions have limited depth at the linebacker position, so Bostic has a chance to make the final roster as a special teams contributor. There has not been any corresponding move announced by the Lions yet; rosters cannot have over 90 players at this point in the offseason.

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