Bengals to sign Kevin Minter

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Per a report from ESPN.com, Minter is signing a one-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Minter fits a different profile than the signings of A.J. Hawk and Karlos Dansby the last two years, however, as Minter is 26 years old and has worked his way into the starting lineup in Arizona the last two years. Minter contributed to a Cardinals' front-seven that ranked sixth-best in this analytic.

Some linebackers make double what Minter will make in 2017. A second-round draft pick by the Cardinals in 2013, Minter started every game the past two seasons.

Minter, who is known as a "thumper" for his hard hitting, had 81 tackles and a career-high 3.5 sacks last season.

Minter said he was nervous and anxious about experiencing free agency for the first time, and though he wanted to return to Arizona, the Atlanta native was also looking forward to seeing how the market unfolded. This is Dansby's 3rd stint with the Cardinals and it came at the flawless time.

This is considered a deep draft for defensive line and secondary talent and Arizona has eight picks spread across the three days, but the Cards are unlikely to be able to replace the high-level talent of Campbell and Jefferson with those selections; they're much more likely to get depth pieces. And the Bengals didn't worry about losing Dansby and see Minter as a replacement.