Dallas Cowboys defensive end Jeremy Mincey will reportedly not show up for training camp.
This report comes by way of NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport (via NFL.com). Per the report, Mincey has been seeking a contract extension since February, but Dallas hasn’t seen fit to grant one to him this offseason. As a result, the veteran lineman will stay away from Cowboys camp in Oxnard, California for the time being to show his displeasure.
The 31-year old pass-rusher signed a two-year deal before the 2014 season worth $3 million, and his base salary this year is $1.5 million. Last year was a resurgent campaign for Mincey, as his six sacks was the second-highest total in his seven-season career. He was also graded out by Pro Football Focus (subscription required) as the No. 16-ranked 4-3 defensive end in football.
Mincey is attempting to parlay his recent success into one last payday with his career winding down, and he apparently believes the only tool left at his disposal to achieve this goal is to hold out.
This will end in one of two ways. Either Mincey comes slinking into camp late after his stunt proves impotent or the Cowboys will extend his contract by another year or two, throwing in a few million of guaranteed cash to placate him.
Unfortunately for Mincey, the Cowboys aren’t exactly lacking talent and depth at the defensive end position. Greg Hardy will be a major player once he returns from his four-game suspension, rookie Randy Gregory is chomping at the bit for some action and Demarcus Lawrence looks like a superstar in the making.
Mincey isn’t operating from a position of leverage. Dallas likely won’t cave to his demands, and the team can fine him $30,000 per day starting on Wednesday, July 29. Perhaps he’d have better luck at working out an extension if he showed up for camp and had his agent continue working with the Cowboys in the meantime.
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