Moments after linebacker Kevin Minter finished his workout and physical with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports that the team will sign the veteran linebacker. Details of the deal are not yet known, but it’s likely a one-year deal for something at or near the prorated portion of the veteran’s minimum.
The Bucs had to address the linebacker corps after losing Kwon Alexander and Jack Cichy for the year. The veteran joins Adarius Taylor and Riley Bullough as middle linebacker options until Kendell Beckwith comes back from the non-football injury list.
Furthermore, Minter offers experience as well as familiarity with the Bengals, who the Bucs will be facing this Sunday. Now with the Bucs, he will look to recapture his performances from his Arizona Cardinals days and not his Cincinnati Bengal tenure.
Interestingly, Kwon Alexander and Kevin Minter were teammates at LSU. Kwon was a true freshman and Minter was a junior.
Finally, Bucs GM Jason Licht was in Arizona when Minter was drafted in 2013, so Licht has some familiarity with what the veteran offers. Minter is still only 27 years old (28 in December) and had 81 tackles with 3.5 sacks for the Cardinals in 2016. Unfortunately, he had a down year in Cincinnati, as Minter played on fewer than 20% of the Bengals’ defensive snaps. He saw less action than sixth-round rookie Jordan Evans and barely playing ahead of undrafted free agent Hardy Nickerson. The former LSU product ended on the on the IR due to a hamstring injury.