With the departure of linebacker Preston Brown, the Buffalo Bills are in the market to find a suitable replacement. Per Field Yates, former Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Kevin Minter visited the Bills Monday.
Minter was last with the Bengals for an injury-shortened 2017 season, when he signed a $4.25 million contract to be a starting linebacker. A mid-season elbow injury led to lost time, and a hamstring injury ended his season prematurely in December. All told, he played in nine games (starting seven) for the Bengals. Prior to his time in Cincinnati Minter spent his first four years in the league with Arizona, after being drafted 45th overall by the Cardinals in the 2013 NFL Draft. He started 38 straight games for the Cardinals and Bengals in the last three seasons, all told, so has been relatively healthy.
Per Pro Football Reference, Minter’s most productive season came in 2015 with the Cardinals. In that year, Minter logged 94 combined tackles (72 solo). Minter’s stats suggest a slightly more rounded player than the departed Brown. Over his career, Minter has one forced fumble, six passes defended, and five sacks.