By Todd Archer
OXNARD, Calif. – If Jeremy Mincey wants to get a new contract, then the Dallas Cowboys defensive end has to show up to training camp first.
“We certainly won’t be talking to him about it while he’s not here,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said.
Mincey is set to make $1.5 million as part of a two-year, $3 million deal he signed last year as a free agent. He has been in talks with the Cowboys since February about a new deal after leading the Cowboys in sacks last year with six.
The Cowboys added defensive end Greg Hardy in free agency and Randy Gregory in the draft to bolster their pass rush, but Mincey remains a big piece to the defense. Hardy is facing a four-game suspension for violating the personal conduct policy.
Mincey took part in all of the offseason program in hopes he would get a new deal, but nothing has been agreed upon. He faces up to $30,000 in fines for each day he misses of training camp. After six days, he could forfeit some of his signing bonus.
“We expect all players under contract to be here,” Jones said. “Jeremy obviously did a great job for us last year. He was a big part of our success on the defensive side of the football. We have nothing but the utmost respect for him. But he is under contract. I think when he signed that contract last year -- his representative was there -- he was all for it and they signed it. It’s not a long-term contract. It’s over at the end of this year. But we fully expect him to be here.”