Bostic was released by the Steelers on Saturday.
The move isn't overly surprising after the Steelers traded up to draft Devin Bush with the 10th pick during the first round of the draft. Bostic also played a reduced role down the stretch for the Steelers, so it seems as though he fell out of favor with the coaching staff. The veteran linebacker will spend the 2019 season with his fifth different team in the last five years.
Bostic failed to record any tackles during Sunday's 16-13 win over Cincinnati.
After averaging 45 defensive snaps per game the first 11 games of the season, Bostic's playing time took a huge hit, as he averaged just 13 defensive snaps for each of the last five games. This culminated with a season-low six snaps in the season finale. Playing in all 16 games, Bostic finished the 2018 season with 73 tackles -- including 2.5 sacks -- the most he has had in one season over his six-year career. There is no clear explanation for his reduced role during the stretch run, and he'll head into 2019 on the last year of his current contract.
Bostic had just one tackle during Sunday's 33-30 loss to the Chargers.
Entering the game Bostic led the Steelers in tackles but managed to record only one all game and not until the Chargers' final drive. With 67 tackles on the season he still owns a share of the team lead with Vince Williams, but Pittsburgh will need Bostic to bounce back after dropping its second straight game. Week 14 has the Steelers heading to Oakland, where Pittsburgh hasn't won since 1995.
Bostic leads the defense with 62 tackles through 10 games and will look to add to that total in Week 11 against the Broncos. In their last meeting, the Steelers lost a 2015 playoff game 23-16, although both teams looked quite different than those that will take the field this time.
Bostic led the defense with 10 tackles (six solo) during Thursday's 52-21 win over Carolina.
The sixth-year linebacker is earning every penny of the two-year, $4 million contract he signed with Pittsburgh this offseason. He leads the defense with 56 tackles, and he's on pace for a career-best 100 stops this season. Often injured during his career, Bostic has remained healthy thus far this season and will benefit from having 10 days off before taking on the Jaguars in Week 11.
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