Bob Quinn’s familiarity with his old team has paid dividends once again.
Quinn, in his first trade as Detroit Lions general manager, sent a conditional 2017 seventh-round draft pick to the New England Patriots for linebacker Jon Bostic.
Bostic, a second-round pick by the Chicago Bears in 2013, played in 11 games, mostly on special teams, after the Patriots acquired him via trade for a sixth-round pick last year.
He was a part-time starter as a rookie in 2013 with the Bears and led Chicago with 84 tackles in 2014, but fell out of favor after the team changed defensive systems under new coach John Fox last year.
Bostic played primarily middle linebacker for the Bears and likely will have a similar role with the Lions, who re-signed Tahir Whitehead with intentions of starting him at middle linebacker this fall.
Stephen Tulloch, the Lions’ starting middle linebacker for most of the past five seasons, remains on the Lions’ roster for now but is expected to be released any time.
Quinn spent 16 years with the Patriots in a variety of roles. He was the team’s director of pro personnel last year before taking over as Lions’ GM in January.
As pro personnel director, Quinn would have played a key role in identifying Bostic before his trade last September.
The Patriots currently owe the Lions a seventh-round pick for their training-camp trade for Mike Williams last year, but that pick would be returned to New England if unspecified conditions of this trade are met.
Bostic did not return a voicemail seeking comment.
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