The Jacksonville Jaguars have several high priced veterans on their roster that could be on the move in the near future as the team looks to get younger during its latest rebuilding process.
One of those veterans who could be on the move sooner rather than later is defensive end Jeremy Mincey. Mincey, who signed a four-year, $20 million deal with the Jaguars last offseason, is coming off of a disappointing three sack season and is not a natural fit in new head coach Gus Bradley’s defense.
Bradley’s defense favors quicker pass rushers who use speed to get into the opponents backfield, while Mincey is a more traditional 4-3 defensive end who uses his strength to set the edge against the run and rush the passer. It is almost certain that Mincey will see his reps cut in 2013 if he remains in a Jaguars uniform, making him an intriguing bargaining chip for new general manager Dave Caldwell.
Finding a draft day trading partner for a 4-3 team looking for a solid defensive end, but struck out on the free agent market, may be beneficial for the Jaguars. Mincey’s contract is not so outrageous that a trade would be impossible and a player of his caliber could net the Jaguars a useful mid-round draft pick. Moving Mincey would not only net the Jaguars a draft pick, but would also save them $3.55 million in cap space in 2013.
While Mincey might be a player that the Jaguars will shop to other teams, they almost certainly will not just outright cut him. Releasing him would cost the Jaguars an accelerated $6 million cap hit in dead money.