Cowboys Mincey Among Camp Issues

OXNARD - Jeremy Mincey posted some solid numbers on the field for the 2014 Cowboys. He's preparing to miss the start of training camp while hoping for more solid numbers in his contract. That's among the issues atop the To-Do List as we await today's camp-opening presser.

The Dallas Cowboys and incumbent sack leader Jeremy Minceyhave spend the offseason working on an extension. But it's not done -- so Mincey is not yet here with the team to start training camp.

Mincey, 31, signed a two-year deal worth $3 million in 2014 that included $2 million guaranteed. That made him a bargain for Dallas, especially as he came in late: In the final five games of the 2014 season (including playoffs), Mincey recorded 20 tackles, five sacks and 12 QB hurries. In fact, he had 37 QB hurries in 724 regular-season snaps in 2014. To put that in perspective, New York's Jason Pierre-Paul had 38 QB hurries in 981. Mincey actually averaged more QB hurries per snap in 2014 than stars like Ware, Allen, Peppers, Robert Quinn, JPP, Wake and Mario Williams (to name a few).

The Cowboys have added a trio of ends - Hardy, Lawrence and Gregory - who might eventually push Mincey down the depth chart. But his six sacks led the team last year and he is a team leader in the locker room as well.

If Mincey does not report to camp by Wednesday, he could face daily fines (based on his signing bonus) of $30,000. That - and progress in negotiations - could compel him to rejoin the Cowboys, who according to CHQ calculations presently have about $11.9 million in cap room. The Cowboys have likely earmarked some of that money for an extension for Mincey linemate Tyrone Crawford. Our Joey Ickes suggests that making up the $500,000 participation bonus that Mincey missed out on last year by only a handful of snaps might be a good place for negotiations to begin ... or even settle.

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