The Washington Redskins had to be pleasantly surprised by the performance of Jonathan Bostic during the 2019 season. They should explore re-signing him in 2020.
Last offseason, there were a lot of questions surrounding the Washington Redskins linebacker corps. And this offseason, the team will once again be searching for answers, albeit for a different reason.
This year, the Redskins are switching to a 4-3 defense. And while they found a couple of good linebackers for their 3-4 defense this season, they’ll need three starter-types for their new defense and will need to make sure that they have solid depth as well.
With that said, it may make sense for them to bring back one of their impending free agents, Jonathan Bostic, to compete for a starting role or serve as a depth option for the team.
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Bostic was a late addition to the roster just ahead of training camp. The Redskins parted ways with Mason Foster and Bostic was signed to a minimum deal to serve as veteran depth for the squad and compete for a starting job. He ended up winning the starting job and performed well for the squad.
Bostic was particularly good against the run and finished the season with 105 tackles, one sack, and an interception. He wasn’t always perfect in pass coverage, but he was able to be on the field for a majority of the team’s snaps and provided a steady, reliable presence next to Cole Holcomb.
In the 4-3 defense, Bostic would probably fit as the middle linebacker in the defense. And right now, the Redskins don’t have anyone who could fill that role given the questions surrounding Reuben Foster’s health. So, bringing Bostic back could make sense.
Last season, Bostic made less than a million dollars. The Redskins could look to sign him to a short-term deal worth a couple million to entice him to stick around. He’d get a chance to earn a starting job and the team could build incentives into the contract. And if they find a better option than Bostic, he would still be very solid veteran depth and could serve as a run-stopping role player for the squad.
There’s little downside to keeping Bostic around if he doesn’t cost too much. He doesn’t turn 29 until May and should have a few solid years left ahead of him. It will be interesting to see if the ‘Skins elect to keep him to shore up their depth at a position that could really use it.