Broncos bolster D-line by adding Mincey
ENGLEWOOD — The Denver Broncos bolstered their defensive line by agreeing to terms with defensive end Jeremy Mincey, who was released by Jacksonville after a falling-out with management last week.
Mincey reunites with Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, who was his head coach with the Jaguars earlier in his career, and with Broncos run-stuffer Terrance Knighton, whom he played alongside for several seasons in Jacksonville.
Executive Vice President John Elway confirmed the move, pending a physical, in a podcast for the team’s website on Tuesday.
The Broncos will have to make a corresponding roster move and one possibility is putting Derek Wolfe on IR. Wolfe has missed the last three games after experiencing what the team called a “seizure-like” episode on the team’s Nov. 29 bus ride to the airport for a flight to Kansas City.
The Broncos (11-3), who own the league’s 23rd-ranked defense, have sorely missed Wolfe and defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson (hip), who went on IR last month. Against the Chargers last week, they allowed 103 yards rushing on first down and Ryan Mathews became the first running back to top 100 yards on them all season.
Mincey is a sixth-year veteran who signed a four-year, $20 million deal last season with the Jaguars that included $9 million in guarantees and calls for a base salary of $4 million for next season.
However, he fell out of favor with the Jaguars this season and coach Gus Bradley and general manager Dave Caldwell decided to release him Friday after he was late to a team meeting. He also was inactive for two games and fined last month for tardiness.
Mincey, 30, had eight sacks in 2011 and three last season, starting 16 games both years. This season, he had two sacks in eight games as a reserve.