Bears have traded linebacker Jonathan Bostic to the New England Patriots, pending a physical, Field Yates and Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com report.
The Bears will receive a sixth-round draft pick in the deal, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The Patriots inherit Bostic’s contract, which runs through 2016. Bostic projects to an off-the-line role in the Pats’ defense, where Dont’a Hightower, Jamie Collins, Jerod Mayo and Jonathan Freeny comprise the depth chart.
The acquisition of Bostic adds another layer to some of the team’s planning at the position, with Hightower, Collins and Freeny also signed through 2016. Meanwhile, Mayo’s contract situation is likely to be addressed following this season. He has a $4 million roster bonus due on the first day of the 2016 league year, and if the Patriots pick it up, he would count $11.4 million against the salary cap. It’s highly unlikely the team will pick up the option, with Mayo now serving as the No. 3 option.