The Chicago Bears have traded Jon Bostic to the New England Patriots and Jared Allen to Carolina Panthers respectively. According to NFL sources, Bears’ coach John Fox confirmed Carolina’s decision to send a 2016 sixth-round pick to Chicago. With Bostic’s move, the Bears will also receive a sixth-round draft pick in the deal.
Bostic’s contract, which runs through 2016, is perceived to add another layer to the Patriots’ side along with Hightower, Collins and Freeny.
ESPN sources states that Bostic fell out of favour with the first year coach, Fox, this season. The 6-foot-1, 245-pound Bostic was the leading tackler for the team in 2014 under his old coach, Marc Trestman.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport says the Panther’s defence has been plagued by injuries following Charles Johnson, Luke Kuechly and Frank Alexander’s injury. The report notes that it is in the best interest of Allen to play for the Panthers rather than Chicago due to his forceful change of role from being a defensive end to an outside linebacker, with Caoch Fox. The 33-year-old, ninth all-time QB take downs, is fit for the Panthers who is said to bring stability to the team’s defence.
Bostic spent the first three weeks of the regular season as a game-day inactive due to his back problems and ankle injury. Boston started off being a rookie and bringing immediate impact when he started nine games at middle linebacker. The Bears previously drafted Bostic as the 50th overall in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft, notes ESPN.
The reports suggest that Allen didn’t have much role to play when Fox switched to 3-4 Defensive front. The Bears paid Allen $11.5 million roster bonus this year but later chose to trade him to the Panthers.
NFL sources quoted Bears linebacker, Pernell McPhee, saying, “We lose a leader. A leader out of the locker room, a great guy.”