Jeremy Mincey is not worth $10.6 million.
That is the price tag the Jacksonville Jaguars would have had to pony up in order to place the franchise tag on their soon to be free agent defensive end. Even though Mincey led the Jaguars with eight sacks last season, the Jaguars correctly decided to allow him to test his value on the open market.
Given the nature of the NFL free agency market, some team will vastly overpay for Mincey’s services. Especially now that some of the better free agent talent at the defensive end position like Cliff Avril and Robert Mathis have been taken off of the market.
Despite being pulled off of the scrap heap by the Jaguars in 2010, Mincey has already said that he does not plan on given them a “hometown” discount when it comes to signing a new contract. It is clear that he is going to go where the money is.
If the Jaguars would have franchised Mincey, they would have had to pay him like an elite pass rusher. The problem is that Mincey is not an elite pass rusher. Of the eight sacks he recorded during the 2011 season, five came against the hapless Indianapolis Colts.
I am not saying that Mincey is a terrible football player, I am just saying he is not worth the kind of money he is looking for.
The Jaguars would be better served to take that money they would have spent on Mincey to go make a bigger splash in free agency. They have an opportunity to pursue a real elite pass rusher in free agent Mario Williams. The Jagaurs also have an opportunity to take a defensive end with their first round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
In the end, the Jaguars are going to make Mincey a contract offer, but my guess is that some other team makes him an offer he cannot refuse. If that happens, it will not be the end of the world for the Jaguars.