Jeremy Mincey wanted "fair.'' Last year, he fell about a dozen plays short of a participation bonus worth $500,000 ... and in his view, that wasn't fair.
“I’m happy to be a Cowboys and happy to be here,” Mincey said Sunday after reporting to camp and suiting up bolstered by a raise that source tell CHQ amounts to exactly -- you guessed it -- $500,000. “I think it’s fair for me and my family. It’s clear I wanted to be a Cowboy.''
Mincey and the Cowboys are still working on adding a year's extension to his existing contract, which was previously going to pay him $15. mil this year. But for now, he's got a new arrangement pushing his base salary to $2 million. Also, we're told, the Cowboys are erasing from the ledger the four days of fines for missing camp, likely amounting to about $120,000.
Mincey, 31, has been an NFL journeyman of sorts, but has found a home in the Dallas locker room, where he is a leader -- in addition to the fact that he led Dallas in sacks last season with six. Even though he will be surrounded now by more heralded ends (Hardy, Lawrence, Gregory), the Cowboys' "wave'' approach to defensive line play, as well, as his versatility, makes him what coaches believe is a key piece here.
“If I can get out here and fight for my teammates, it’s a no-brainer for me to fight for my family,” Mincey said. “Somebody has to be brave enough to do what they have to do for their family. I’m here now. Everything is good. ... I'm back with my brothers.''
Mincey's holdout was about getting this done. COO Stephen Jones' early-week declaration that Dallas wouldn't negotiate with an absent player was designed to do the same. By Saturday, Mincey was in Oxnard meeting with coaches. By Sunday morning, he'd met with Jones. And by Sunday afternoon, he was in uniform (but no pads or helmet), helping to guide Gregory and helping to squash the Dez Bryant-Tyler Patmon fight.
“No one ever likes the business (side) of football,” Jones said. “The fans don't like to hear about it. The players don't like it. I don't blame them. Unfortunately it's a part of it. Jeremy obviously was concerned about his business and I respect that. He made a good decision to come in here and we got everything worked out."
Added Mincey: “I’m here for the year. Hopefully we’ll see what the future holds. I’m excited about the future. I think I’ve got a lot of football left in me.”