While most sports writers suggest that the New Orleans Saints pursue big name defensive ends like Mario Williams (Texans), Cliff Avril (Detroit), or Robert Mathis (Colts) , they should be looking at Jeremy Mincey of the Jaguars.
Mincey was a sixth round pick of the New England Patriots in the 2006 draft, he was released before moving on to the San Francisco 49ers, but he did not appear in any of their regular season games during the 2006 season.
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed him off of the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad in December of 2007 . But once again Mincey saw very limited action during six regular season games and two post season contests.
Injuries derailed Minceys’ 2008 and 2009 seasons nearly entirely.
But in 2010, a healthy Mincey, played in fifteen games with eight starts recording 31 tackles, 5 sacks to lead the Jaguars in quarterback takedowns that season.
The 2011 seaosn was by far his best starting all sixteen games and proving he has the potential to be a great defensive end in the NFL.
He finished with 57 tackles, 8 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles, once again leading the Jaguars in quarterback takedowns.
Mincey is still in the prime of his career, and would be a great addition for a defense that is screaming for a serious pass rusher, such as the Saints under new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.
The Jaguars will try and re-sign him, but the Saints can offer him a real shot at winning a Super Bowl Championship where the Jaguars cannot, and that’s a chance that any player in the league would jump at.
New Orleans though is working hard to try and re-sign their key free agents — Drew Brees, Marques Colston, and Carl Nicks — so money is as tight as it’s ever been.
Even with the Saints re-structuring defensive end Will Smith’s $7 million dollar base salary, the team may not have enough to make a serious run at Mincey unless other higher priced veterans, like Jonathan Vilma, are released to free up even more money.
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