On the first day of NFL free Agency, the Dallas Cowboys made headlines. But not for signing a player, releasing one. The Cowboys released defensive end DeMarcus Ware on Tuesday, after an attempt by the team to adjust his salary going forward was rebuffed by the future Hall of Famer. Now, it’s being reported that Ware has signed with the Denver Broncos in a three-year deal worth $30 million. Dallas also designated veteran wide receiver Miles Austin as a June 1st cut, essentially releasing him from the team as well. That was Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Cowboys decided to start signing some players.
The Cowboys have signed two relatively unknown free-agent players with somewhat limited starting experience to apparently add depth to their depleted defensive line. They are defensive end Jeremy Mincey and defensive tackle Terrell McClain. Mincy has signed a two-year contract worth $4.5 million, $2 million guaranteed. While McClain has a three-year deal, financials undisclosed.
Mincey is a former sixth round pick by the New England Patriots in 2006 out of the University of Florida. After being released from the Patriots before his rookie season started, Mincey was picked up by the San Francisco 49ers but never made it on the field in the regular season. Later that same year, he was plucked off the 49ers practice squad by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He remained with the Jags until last December, recording 160 career tackles, six forced fumbles and 20 sacks for them in eight total seasons. He did sign a four-year, $27 million contract with them in 2012 after recording 12 sacks in 24 games. He was cut by the team late last year after violating team rules and sitting out two games. Mincey started in 40 of his 49 games for Jacksonville, which isn’t a lot in eight years. After his release, the 30-year old Mincey joined the Denver Broncos to help add depth to their defensive line going into a playoff run. He appeared in just two games for the Broncos and recorded one single tackle.