Cardinals lock up 2nd round pick Kevin Minter

5/14/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe Arizona Cardinals agreed to terms with another one of their draft picks by signing rookie linebacker Kevin Minter to a four-year contract, the team announced on Monday.
The LSU product earned first-team All-American as well as All-SEC honors in 2012. Minter was named a finalist for the Butkus Award given to the nation’s top linebacker, after leading the Tigers with 130 tackles as a junior, while tallying five passes defensed, one forced fumble and one interception as well. The 6-foot, 246-pound Minter also tied for 20th nationally with 10 tackles per contest.
Over the past three years at LSU, Minter appeared in 38 games with 27 starts for the Tigers, while amassing 206 tackles, five sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Minter is expected to compete for playing time at the Cardinals’ inside linebacker spot. The Cardinals will miss inside linebacker Daryl Washington for the first four games of the 2013 season due to an NFL suspension stemming from an arrest in May on assault charges.
The 22-year-old Minter was the fifth draft pick to sign with the Cardinals this year. Draft picks Stephan Taylor (running back), Ryan Swope (receiver), Andre Ellington (running back) and D.C Jefferson (tight end) already signed last week. Those who remain to be signed include guard Jonathan Cooper (first round), defensive back Tyrann Mathieu (second) and guard Earl Watford (fourth).
The Cardinals also signed free agent rookies Adam Bice and Caleb TerBush on Monday. Center Adam Bice and quarterback Caleb TerBush had been invited to the Cardinals’ rookie minicamp last week on tryout basis.
The 6-4, 302-pound Bice played collegiately at Akron and was a two-year starter on the offensive line. Bice finished his collegiate career playing 36 games with 22 starts at Akorn.
The 6-5, 225-pound TerBush played 22 career games at Purdue, throwing for 3,077 yards passing yards, 25 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.
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