The Bucs continue to look for replacements in light of season ending injuries to Kwon Alexander and Jack Cichy. This time the Bucs have signed LB Kevin Minter on Tuesday to help fill the depth chart of a thin linebacker’s group.

Minter, who is best known as a member of the Arizona Cardinals from 2013 to 2016, played nine games for the Cincinnati Bengals last season. He was signed by the New York Jets this offseason but was released in late August.

In his NFL career, Minter has played in 57 games, with 44 starts, totaling 251 tackles (22 for loss), 5.0 sacks, four passes defensed and a forced fumble. A native of Suwanee, Georgia, Minter played collegiately at LSU.

This is the second linebacker signing in as many days for the Bucs, bringing back Riley Bullough on Monday. There is a bit of a familiar history here, as Bucs general manager Jason Licht was part of the Cardinals front office that drafted Minter in 2013.

The Bucs also have attempted to bolster depth at cornerback, signing defensive back De’Vante Harris.

Harris (5-11, 190) spent time with Tampa Bay earlier this season. He spent the previous two seasons (2016-17) playing for the New Orleans Saints. The Mesquite, Texas native entered the league as a college free agent with New Orleans in 2016. He has played in 21 career games, with one start, registering 24 tackles, three passes defensed, one fumble recovery and six special teams tackles. Harris played collegiately at Texas A&M.

To make room on the roster, Tampa Bay waived former FSU CB, Javien Elliott.

– Part of this report is courtesy of the Bucs communications department.


Share On Socials

About the Author: Matt Matera

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Alldaway 2.0
2 years ago

A good veteran pick up at LB. Minter is a downhill player with a knack for blitzing.

Sad to hear Elliot has been cut.

Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
2 years ago

I’m with you, Alldaway…I was hoping Elliot was gonna see some more time in the slot. the LB pickup sounds as good as can be expected at this point, as Beckwith doesn’t appear to be an option

Reply to  WiltheBrewer
2 years ago

Javien Elliott still has PS eligibility. If he clears waivers, which I suspect he will, he could go back likely bumping either CB Marko Myers or CB David Rivers. #JMO

2 years ago

Another depth signing for LB like Riley. Good move not much out there.

2 years ago

Great move, he’s still young but also has experience. I think he’ll fit right in.

2 years ago

My understanding is that Beckwith has to begin practicing by the 30th or he will not be able to come back this season.

Is this correct? Anybody?
Go Bucs!!!!! No Excuses!

Reply to  SenileSenior
2 years ago

I think he will need to activated by then or the team will be forced to send him to injury reserve.

2 years ago

How is it, we have all these needs on the defense and we don’t even attempt to get Eli apple, or Damon Harrison? I hear they’re even trying to trade Landon Collins! Let’s go Licht

Reply to  chefboho
2 years ago

Well Damon Harrison is another run suffer and we have a few of them already and Snacks makes $9.25 million a year which is quite a bit. Eli Apple would be a downgrade as he gets burnt very often, and there seem to be an issue in the locker room to the point he was suspended by the team. If it was a 6th or a 7th then he might be worth the headache.

2 years ago

Nice pick up!

Andy Ely
2 years ago

I like this, I wanted us to draft him when he came out. I think him, David, and Beckwith will be solid going forward when Beckwith is back and healthy

Reply to  Andy Ely
2 years ago

Assuming Beckwith plays the second half of the season, I agree.

Andy Ely
Reply to  EricNV
2 years ago

True but I would expect him to play the second half

2 years ago

They need to trade Noah Spence to a needy 3-4 Defensive Team. He is lost on a 4-3 team. He is too undersized for a 4-3 Defensive end position. He ate a 9000 calorie a day diet and bulked up, but that slowed him down as an athlete. The bulk does not add an inch or two to height or length. It just slows you down. He is not a strong side linebacker on a 4-3 or DE on a 4-3. He needs to try his luck at one of the 3-4 linebacker positions and blitz the QB nonstop. It… Read more »