Cowboys Mincey Ending Contract Dispute

OXNARD - Jeremy Mincey's contract dispute is about to come to a end. He's in Oxnard and about ready to return to work.

The Dallas Cowboys said they wouldn't continue contract negotiations with Jeremy Mincey unless he reported to camp.

Done. And done.

And soon, a contract extension for the incumbent sack leader will probably be done, too.

We're told the weekend action is moving quickly for Mincey, who is here in Oxnard as of late Saturday and has met with coaches, will have a negotiating session today with COO Stephen Jones in an effort to get a boost to his existing deal (likely in the form of an added year), and could be handed a uniform in time for this afternoon's scheduled workout at 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.

Mincey not reporting to camp by Wednesday meant daily fines of up to $30,000. That likely compelled him to rejoin the Cowboys, who according to CHQ calculations presently have about $11.9 million in cap room. The Cowboys have earmarked some of that money for an extension for Mincey linemate Tyrone Crawford. Mincey's new deal can compensate him for the fine money and maybe might allow him a boost as a make-up for the $500,000 participation bonus that Mincey missed out on last year by only a handful of snaps.

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