The Indianapolis Colts have made a few signings this afternoon, including linebacker Jon Bostic, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan:
#Colts signed LB Jon Bostic.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) April 20, 2017
Their other signing, as reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, is Mo Alie-Cox. He used to play basketball for VCU.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 20, 2017
Bostic has struggled to consistently find a place in the NFL. He was originally brought on by the Bears and they had very high hopes for him, but that fell apart quickly. He had brief stints with the New England Patriots and the Detroit Lions, but couldn’t stick in either spot.
The upside here is that he’s just 25. Many of his issues have stemmed from injuries. Though he was with the Lions last year, he was hurt and on IR. The Colts are hoping he can finally get healthy and make good on some of the promise he showed in those early years with the Bears. If so, they get a relatively young LB who could take on a starting role.
Alie-Cox is even younger, at 23. He’s 6-6 and weighs in at around 260 pounds. Like most basketball players who take this route, he’s going to try his hand at tight end – just like former Baylor basketball player and current Cowboys TE Rico Gathers, among others. He’s not the only Cowboys TE to be involved here, as NFL.com’s Dan Parr wrote:
“Cowboys tight end Jason Witten served as an inspiration of sorts for Alie-Cox’s transition to football, as Witten once told Alie-Cox that he had a body for the game and should give it a shot.”