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Bengals to sign Kevin Minter

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The Bengals have added a new player to their defense.

Josina Anderson of ESPN reports that Cincinnati has agreed to a contract with linebacker Kevin Minter. Minter spent the last four years with the Cardinals after being selected in the second round of the 2013 draft.

Minter started every game in the last two of those seasons and picked up 175 tackles and four sacks for Arizona. He’ll likely be ticketed for a starting role with Rey Maualuga and Vontaze Burfict in Cincinnati. Veteran Karlos Dansby returned to Arizona as a free agent, which makes for a tidy swap of linebackers between the two teams.

Minter was the No. 44 player on PFT’s Hot 100 list of the top free agents and the highest-ranked player without a contract or franchise tag left on the market as of the news of his deal. Linebacker Zach Brown, who is No. 48, takes over that spot with defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins right behind him as the only two unattached players left in the Top 50.

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30 Responses to “Bengals to sign Kevin Minter”
  1. NFLexpert says: Mar 18, 2017 6:33 PM

    This is a good signing because they will be playing defense a lot….and setting punting records.

  2. poison66 says: Mar 18, 2017 6:34 PM

    He was ok with the Cardinals, nothing more

  3. pfatalbert says: Mar 18, 2017 6:47 PM

    As a Cardinals fan, he was very unmemorable – meh

  4. cakesw says: Mar 18, 2017 7:15 PM

    Kevin Minter is a league average LB, he won’t win you games, he won’t lose them for you. Good, solid citizen. Wish him luck in Cincy.

  5. osage44 says: Mar 18, 2017 7:23 PM

    minter is a productive and very durable player. and he is a young. his play speaks for itself. a good addition to the bengals’ defense. conversely, the cardinals are not getting better.

  6. tonebones says: Mar 18, 2017 7:42 PM

    Good, solid, above average player. If you had 11 defensive players like him you’d have the best defense in the league.

  7. MostlyRight says: Mar 18, 2017 8:11 PM

    “tonebones says:
    Mar 18, 2017 7:42 PM
    Good, solid, above average player. If you had 11 defensive players like him you’d have the best defense in the league.”

    Silly. AZ has a very good defense and us fans look at Minter, along with CB2 opposite Peterson, as the weak links we needed to upgrade. He’s been a disappointment but in his final year was good against the run but slow on pass coverage. The Cards D coaches adapted to using him to succeed where they knew he could and he did what was asked, but none of us in the Cardinals message board wanted or expected a re-signing unless he became a backup. We know Dansby well and old Dansby is an upgrade on Minter…and we still want an upgrade on Dansby.

  8. tylawspick6 says: Mar 18, 2017 8:23 PM

    cardinals raging in a cap hell with the palmer, mathieu
    and chandler jones contracts

  9. arzcardinals says: Mar 18, 2017 8:28 PM

    As a cards season. Ticket holder
    Minted is way less than average…sure he plays..and is healthy, but misses too many tackles. He needs teammates to team tackle. Not once did I ever say Minter NICE play!
    You’ll see
    The best Compaison is for dinner tour having a rice cake.

  10. cardsfann1 says: Mar 18, 2017 8:49 PM

    Minter was consistent I reckon. He is slow for most NFL players..

  11. jerruhjones says: Mar 18, 2017 8:59 PM

    Bungles be bunglin’.

  12. fordmandalay says: Mar 18, 2017 9:14 PM

    That loud BANG you heard was the Cardinals’ window slamming shut. Their defense was pretty mediocre last year, and now they’ve lost a good chunk of their better players in the FA market. And they NEED a really good defense to protect against all the turnovers Carson Palmer creates. Lucky for them though they’re in what might be the worst division in the NFL, so they’ve still got at least a shot at the playoffs – even if they struggle to make 8-8.

  13. stoneydog1000 says: Mar 18, 2017 9:20 PM

    jerruhjones- and this coming from a Browns fan? At least Bengals fans don’t resort to name calling.

  14. shoesfinest says: Mar 18, 2017 9:25 PM

    Can he play offensive line? Because if he can’t then this doesn’t really matter. He will lead the league in tackles because the Bengals defense will be on the field 35-40 minutes a game.

  15. ed3557 says: Mar 18, 2017 9:57 PM

    Not sure why so many negative comments; he’s a younger upgrade from Dansby; they’ll almost certainly draft the position; and he’ll give them some leadership there as they phase out Maualuga. It’s a solid signing

  16. MostlyRight says: Mar 18, 2017 10:27 PM

    You need to go back to Dansby’s 2004 rookie year to find a year when Dansby had less tackles than Minter had in his one goodish year of 2016. And old Dansby still had over 30 more tackles in 2016! In addition Dansby has 19 INTs and 6 TDs to Minter’s zero and zero. That’s because he’s slow and doesn’t anticipate that well, as actual Cardinals fans who have watched him and been disappointed in him for four years have been trying to say on these comments. But Cincy fans keep coming here to read your team news and thumbs down. We are just trying to be honest and warn you what to expect. Good luck with him, I hope he breaks out for you guys somehow. But speed and instinct are not things you learn.

  17. nbooat says: Mar 18, 2017 11:18 PM

    As fans give their opinion on Minter, I can’t help but believe he is average and no one else wanted him if he signed with the Bengals…Just like Dansby last year!
    I can’t imagine him being any slower than Dansby…And I’m a Bengals’ fan

  18. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 18, 2017 11:26 PM

    How’s his temperament?

  19. thingamajig says: Mar 18, 2017 11:58 PM

    If Minter could improve his 40 yd time by 2 seconds he’d be a pretty good LB.

  20. ridnaway says: Mar 19, 2017 1:57 AM

    Don’t hold your breath waiting for Dansby to make tackles. By the end of 2016 he could barely move. It’s usually the Bengals signing old players searching for one last contract. But Minter is younger, quicker to recognize, quicker to react, and able to get to the ball before the next play begins. Dansby is done.

  21. eramming says: Mar 19, 2017 2:20 AM

    He’s responsible for making Tony Jefferson good

  22. jmc8888 says: Mar 19, 2017 3:21 AM

    osage44 says:
    Mar 18, 2017 7:23 PM

    minter is a productive and very durable player. and he is a young. his play speaks for itself. a good addition to the bengals’ defense. conversely, the cardinals are not getting better.
    ———

    Cardinals got better by signing Dansby and letting him go. You’re doing this wrong.

  23. jmc8888 says: Mar 19, 2017 3:24 AM

    ed3557 says:
    Mar 18, 2017 9:57 PM

    Not sure why so many negative comments; he’s a younger upgrade from Dansby; they’ll almost certainly draft the position; and he’ll give them some leadership there as they phase out Maualuga. It’s a solid signing

    ————-

    He’s a massive downgrade from Dansby.

    Not homer talk. Seriously. Miner on his best day can’t sniff Dansby’s jockstrap on his worst day. (remember we KNOW Dansby)

    Minter doesn’t suck, but he’s massively limited. You’ll see.

  24. jmc8888 says: Mar 19, 2017 3:26 AM

    fordmandalay says:
    Mar 18, 2017 9:14 PM

    That loud BANG you heard was the Cardinals’ window slamming shut. Their defense was pretty mediocre last year, and now they’ve lost a good chunk of their better players in the FA market. And they NEED a really good defense to protect against all the turnovers Carson Palmer creates. Lucky for them though they’re in what might be the worst division in the NFL, so they’ve still got at least a shot at the playoffs – even if they struggle to make 8-8.

    ————–

    What are you talking about? You clearly don’t know football.

    They upgraded TO Dansby and let Minter go… because he was the lesser player despite age.

    Seriously learn football.

  25. cincyfredo says: Mar 19, 2017 9:06 AM

    Who wins more games next year ?
    Bengals or Cards ?

    Marvin Lewis 0-7 playoffs.
    Andy Avg Daulton 0-5 playoffs.

    Is Romo still available ?

  26. mysterytonite says: Mar 19, 2017 9:32 AM

    Yeah amen as a Bengals fan if you are happy with dansby making tons of tackles 15 yards downfield then he is your guy! I’m more than happy to trade in dansby for a younger, durable player with NFL bloodlines.

  27. mysterytonite says: Mar 19, 2017 9:37 AM

    I hate to talk about other teams players but the three big contract players the cardinals have under contract are all very overrated. Palmer is a pick magnet who’s arm is sapped. Matthieu is always hurt and Patrick Peterson is the most overrated cornerback of this generation. The guy always plays with a closed Fist full of his opponents jersey. He makes Sherman look like a choir boy. Not that I can stand on my soap box and preach but our bodies g money guys: Atkins, Green and Dunlap are legit among the best at their positions.

  28. whodey420 says: Mar 19, 2017 11:04 AM

    I never knew the Cardinals had so many trash talkin’ fans.
    Hell, I didn’t even know they had fans at all! 🙂

  29. whodey420 says: Mar 19, 2017 11:06 AM

    Bengals need to cut Adam Jones and Ray Maualuga and take that $9.45 million in cap savings and sign someone else! :/

  30. hankedm says: Mar 19, 2017 4:32 PM

    I am so happy Dansby is gone from us. He has zero lateral speed and gets killed by tight ends over the middle. I’d take a 26 yr old Minter anyday. The fact AZ wanted him back kinda confuses me. Burfict made so many opposite field tackles outrunning Dansby.

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