The Indianapolis Colts have signed inside linebacker Jon Bostic and former basketball player Mo Alie-Cox.
Terms of the deals were not released.
Bostic has played four seasons in the NFL, most recently with Detroit in 2016. The 6-foot, 245-pounder has started 18 of 40 games and has 140 tackles.
He had 55 tackles as a rookie with Chicago in 2013 and followed that season with a career-high 84 tackles in 2014. The Bears then traded him to New England in 2015, where he played primarily on special teams before landing with the Lions.
Indy has focused heavily on improving at linebacker this offseason. Of the 13 free agents new general manager Chris Ballard has signed since early March, five are linebackers.
Former basketball player headed to Colts
Former VCU basketball player Alie-Cox is getting a shot at the NFL with the Colts.
The Colts announced the signing of the 6-foot-7, 250-pound Alie-Cox on Friday.
Alie-Cox will try to earn a spot on the team as a tight end.
Alie-Cox hasn't played football in nine years, since he was a defensive end and tight end in his freshman year of high school. As a redshirt senior forward for the Rams, who do not have a football program, Alie-Cox was deemed a free agent because he was five years out of high school.
Earlier this month, most NFL teams sent scouts to watch Alie-Cox work out in Richmond. He prepared less than a month for the workouts, not turning his attention to trying to get football-ready until after VCU was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament.
Alie-Cox also had individual workouts for several teams, and some NFL teams sent scouts to watch him play during the season.
Alie-Cox will try to follow in the footsteps of NFL tight ends Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham and others who played college basketball but went on to become dominant tight ends in the league.
Known for his leaping ability and 7-foot-1 wingspan, Alie-Cox became a favorite of VCU fans for highlight-reel blocked shots, a regularity that eventually caused the fans to chant "Mo Says No" each time he would reject an attempt.
In his final season at VCU, Alie-Cox averaged 9.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and blocked 71 shots in 35 games.
Colts 2017 schedule
Sept. 10 at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m.
Sept. 17 Arizona, 1 p.m.
Sept. 24 Cleveland, 1 p.m.
Oct. 1 at Seattle, 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 8 San Francisco, 1 p.m.
Oct. 16 at Tennessee, 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 22 Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
Oct. 29 at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
Nov. 5 at Houston, 1 p.m.
Nov. 12 Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.
Nov. 19 BYE
Nov. 26 Tennessee, 1 p.m.
Dec. 3 at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
Dec. 10 at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Dec. 14 Denver, 8:25 p.m.
Dec. 23 at Baltimore, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 31 Houston, 1 p.m.