The Patriots orchestrated a trade with the Lions on Monday, sending linebacker Jonathan Bostic to Detroit for a conditional seventh-round pick in next year’s draft.
It’s the first trade — and likely not the last — between the Patriots and Bob Quinn, who became the Lions general manager on Jan. 8 after spending 16 seasons with New England, the final four as director of pro scouting. It’s the first trade Quinn has pulled off since he accepted his new job four months ago.
Bostic was acquired by the Patriots on Sept. 29, 2015, in an early-season trade with the Bears, and played in 11 games last season, mostly on special teams. A second-round draft pick in 2013 out of the University of Florida, Bostic was credited with one tackle on defense for the Patriots, and two on special teams.
In addition to the trade, the Patriots signed defensive lineman Anthony Johnson, who spent last season on Washington’s practice squad. Johnson played in seven games with the Dolphins in 2014, recovering a fumble and making two tackles.