Just taped podcast with John Elway, he confirmed team has agreed to terms pending physical w/ former Jaguar and DL Jeremy Mincey.— Chris Hall (@BroncosTV) December 17, 2013
Mincey is expected to be formally signed and on the practice field Wednesday. He was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday after being late to a team meeting.
The eighth-year veteran played for Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio when Del Rio was the coach of the Jaguars.
Mincey also had been left off a road trip to Houston last month after he was late for a team meeting, and he was a game-day inactive against the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 1.
The Broncos talked to Jaguars general manager David Caldwell before coming to terms with Mincey and hope Mincey can enter their rotation up front. They will have to make a roster move to formally add him.
Derek Wolfe has not practiced since suffering what the Broncos called "seizure-like symptoms" on the team's Nov. 29 bus ride to the airport for the trip to Kansas City.
The Broncos could move Wolfe to injured reserve, but as of Monday team officials were still hopeful he could return for the postseason. Wolfe recently began working with strength and conditioning coaches.
Mincey played well enough at times for Jacksonville to have signed a four-year, $20 million contract last year. The deal included $9 million guaranteed.
He had a career-high eight sacks in 2011. The number dropped to three in 2012, and he had 14 tackles and two sacks in eight games this season (he also missed three games with a concussion).
The Broncos have suffered up front with the losses of Derek Wolfe and Kevin Vickerson. Listed at 6'4" 265 lbs Mincey would most likely be in a rotation with Malik Jackson and Robert Ayers at the end spot in base downs.
As far as worrying about his behavioral issues, in the Broncos I trust. Besides, it's not everyday a guy gets a second chance on a super bowl contender. I also imagine his familiarity with Jack Del Rio will be a big positive going forward.
Denver will have to make a roster move in order to sign Mincey. There have been rumors that Wolfe's latest medical issues have caused him to drop even more weight. Perhaps the best thing for both Wolfe and the team would be to shut him down for the season.
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