The Steelers terminated the contract of inside linebacker Jon Bostic on Saturday night, shortly after the NFL Draft was completed. That wasn't a coincidence, as the highlight of their class was trading up to No. 10 overall to select inside linebacker Devin Bush from Michigan and, a month earlier, signed former Rams inside linebacker Mark Barron out of free agency.
Bostic, 27, was signed out of free agency in March 2018 to a two-year, $4 million contract, of which $1.4 million was allocated via signing bonus. The Steelers will clear $1.1 million in cap space and take on $700,000 in dead money.
Bostic played all 16 games for the Steelers last season, starting 14 and ranked fourth on the team with 73 tackles, 46 of them solo, as well as 2.5 sacks. He lost playing time late in the season to L.J. Fort.
The starting linebackers in 2019 are expected to be Vince Williams, Bush and Barron, with Tyler Matakevich and perhaps others as depth.