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Jeremy Mincey released by Jags

Michael DiRocco [ARCHIVE]

ESPN.com | December 13, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jeremy Mincey has struggled with accountability issues throughout the season and it finally cost him his job.

The Jaguars released Mincey on Friday after he was late for another team meeting, according to a source close to the team. That comes nearly three weeks after he did not make the trip to Houston because he overslept and was late for a team meeting.

Coach Gus Bradley and general manager Dave Caldwell both met with Mincey to deliver the news.

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Jeremy Mincey was released by the Jaguars after being late for another team meeting, according to a source.

"Jeremy and I had a talk this morning and it just felt like it was time to move forward," Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said. "It wasn't one particular thing that caused the reaction. I think it was just a combination of things. Jeremy's a good football player, good person, and I enjoyed my conversation with him today and I can't think him enough for what he's done for this organization and his contribution, but we just felt like it was time to make this decision."

Mincey overslept and was late for a team meeting on Nov. 23 and Bradley decided not to take him on the team's trip to Houston to face the Texans and also fined him an undisclosed amount. Mincey also was inactive for the Jaguars' Dec. 1 game at Cleveland, although he did make the trip.

Mincey said he had some other minor transgressions over the past few months and missing the Nov. 23 meeting was the tipping point for Bradley. Mincey has a 3-month old daughter and also owns a recording studio in Jacksonville and said he had gotten caught up with both of those things and his commitment to football slipped. He said he was grateful for Bradley's punishment because it helped him reorganize his priorities.

That apparently didn't happen.

In March 2012 Mincey signed a four-year contract worth $20 million that included $9 million guaranteed – an $8 million signing bonus and a $1 million salary in 2012. Mincey had led the team in sacks in 2010 (5.0) and followed that up with the best season of his career in 2011: a team-high 8.0 sacks and a team-high four forced fumbles to go along with 101 tackles.

But he had just 3.0 sacks and 74 tackles in 2012, the first year of his new deal, and had just 14 tackles and two sacks in eight games this season. He also missed three games with a concussion in addition to the two he missed for disciplinary reasons.

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