Gators in Transactions

Jon Bostic, Antonio Morrison, Lerentee McCray
In this file photo, Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Jon Bostic (57), inside linebacker Antonio Morrison (44) and Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Lerentee McCray (55) do the Gator Chomp on the field after a game. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Former UF standouts making moves in the pro ranks:



Washington Redskins — Signed linebacker Jon Bostic, who was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2013 out of the University of Floriday, and has spent time with the New England Patriots, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers since then. He spent 16 games in Pittsburgh last year, tallying 73 total tackles and 2.5 sacks.

Bostic will likely come in right away and compete for playing time alongside Shaun Dion Hamilton and Mason Foster, but his veteran presence is sure to bolster the Washington defense.


New York Jets — Signed free-agent wide receiver-kick returner Deonte Thompson, who played last season for Buffalo and Dallas.

The 30-year-old Thompson has 94 catches for 1,193 yards and four touchdowns in seven NFL seasons. He also has averaged 24.8 yards on kickoff returns.

Thompson began last season with the Cowboys and had 14 receptions for 124 yards before being released. He signed with the Bills for a third stint with the team and had three catches for 37 yards in five games.

He was signed by Baltimore as an undrafted free agent out of Florida in 2012. Thompson also has played for Chicago, where current Jets coach Adam Gase was his offensive coordinator in 2015.


Boston Red Sox — Pitcher Brian Johnson made the second start of his rehab assignment for Double-A Portland, giving up three runs in 1 1/3 innings. Johnson is rehabbing since the Red Sox placed him on the injured list with left elbow inflammation April 6. Johnson appeared in four games for the Red Sox this season before being placed on the injured list. He allowed seven runs in 1.1 innings in an outing the day before landing on the injured list.