The Jacksonville Jaguars have released veteran defensive end Jeremy Mincey, according to a report by Michael DiRocco of ESPN. The Jaguars under David Caldwell have begun purging some of the contracts of older veterans on their roster and Mincey is the latest to be released. The 29-year old defensive end is coming off a disappointing season in 2012, where he picked up just three sacks and a recent benching for missing multiple team meetings.
Mincey signed a four-year, $20 million deal in the 2012 offseason just after free agency started, coming off an eight sack season in 2011. Mincey was a late bloomer in his NFL career, taking until his fourth year in the league to finally settle in on a position after bouncing from a couple of team's practice squads.
Mincey originally joined the Jaguars in 2007 and took over as a full time starter in 2010, but didn't really seem to fit into the Jaguars new hybrid 3-4/4-3 defense going forward. He was moderately successful in 2013, posting a +3.4 grade on Pro Football Focus, but did so from a reserve role which didn't fit well with his contract.
Through eight appearances in 2013, Mincey tallied two sacks and 15 tackles. He is now subject to waivers.