Bengals Sign Linebacker Kevin Minter

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Kevin Minter
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Theodore “Ted” Catino is an entrepreneur whose latest venture is GigSmart, an employer and employee job-connecting application for the ever-growing gig economy. Outside of his professional endeavors, Ted Catino is an avid National Football League (NFL) fan who counts the Cincinnati Bengals among his favorite teams.

Seeking to improve its defense, the Bengals signed linebacker Kevin Minter to a one-year, $4.25 million contract in March. Ranked as one of the five best free agent linebackers by Pro Football Focus, Minter is an above-average coverage player who recorded a combined 81 tackles, four defended passes, and 3.5 sacks last season with the Arizona Cardinals.

Unlike the Bengals acquisitions of Karlos Dansby and A.J. Hawk in recent years, Minter is a relatively young player with room to grow. A former second round pick of the Cardinals, the 26-year-old worked his way into the team’s starting lineup in the previous two seasons and has shown vast improvement. Throughout his career, the Louisiana State University alumnus has 224 tackles, six defended passes, five sacks, one safety, and one forced fumble.

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Patriot’s Nate Ebner First Super Bowl Champion to Play Olympic Rugby

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Nate Ebner
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A strategic financial consultant based in Boston, Massachusetts, Ted Catino is the trusted advisor of 625 Investments, an opportunistic fund managed by his eldest son, Theodore J. Catino. A huge football fan, Ted Catino supports the New England Patriots.

The New England Patriots’ Nate Ebner is the first Super Bowl champion to ever play rugby at the Olympics, and score a try while at it. Nate, who won a Super Bowl with the Patriots two years ago, played on the US national rugby team in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Nate scored a try in the United States’ 26-0 blowout victory over Brazil on August 9, 2016, before a bad tackle in the second half of the game earned him a yellow card.

Back in the United States, the Patriots stopped training to watch their teammate make history in the Rio Olympics. Nate recently signed a $2.4 million two-year extension with the Patriots.

While Nate is a professional football player, he started out playing rugby through the influence of his late father, Jeff Ebner, who taught him the game when he was young.

Returning to the United States after a defeat by Fiji barred them from qualifying for the Quarter Finals, Nate is optimistic of regaining his weight and form ahead of the coming NFL season.