Cardinals sign rookie LB Kevin Minter

AP

Rookie linebacker Kevin Minter has signed a four-year deal with the Cardinals, the team said Monday.

The Cardinals selected Minter (6-0, 246) in Round Two (No. 45 overall). The pick first belonged to the Chargers, who traded up into Arizona’s spot (No. 38) to select Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o.

As a junior in 2012, Minter notched 130 tackles and earned team MVP honors for LSU. The 22-year-old Minter is expected to compete for playing time at inside linebacker.

Daryl Washington, the Cardinals’ top inside linebacker, will miss the first four games of the season on an NFL suspension, and he was arrested in May in on assault charges.

10 responses to “Cardinals sign rookie LB Kevin Minter

  1. This young man has a great opportunity…
    – He got drafted by a young, rebuilding team with a solid defense
    – Daryl Washington is a great example of what not to do
    – Dansby has been brought back on a 1 yr deal to teach him how to be a professional

  2. I can’t believe the Cards actually outdealed another team – trading a pick so the Chargers could get overrated headcase Te’o, and picking Minter for themselves! Could the tide be turning at last for the Cards?

  3. I’m sure this kid will be a decent player but I’m not crazy about drafting a strictly ILB (they are a 3-4 defense) so high. You can get them later in the draft, especially when you need playmakers. Same thing with drafting an OG with the 7th pick of the draft. I know Cooper can be special but he’s a guard, you can get good ones later. Should have gone DL or receiver or traded down.

  4. I am as the Cardinals are just fine in taking Minter and gaining a extra pick in the process. LSU produces great NFL caliber agent plain and simple. Has AZ missed on a LSU player not yet and Minter will be great next to Washington next year and this year with Dansby it’s a nice combo.

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