by Aaron Wilson
December 13, 02013
The Jacksonville Jaguars released defensive lineman Jeremy Mincey, giving up on a player signed to a $20 million contract that included $9 million guaranteed last year.
Mincey had previously acknowledged oversleeping and missing a team meeting, violating team rules and being left home for a win over the Houston Texans earlier this season.
“I hated to miss it,” MIncey said earlier this season. “I let my team down. But I’m back and it’s over with. We’re all human and we make mistakes. I was negligent as a football player and role model on this football team.”
What's been going on?
Mincey mentioned a newborn baby, a music business and other unspecified reasons for losing his concentration on his NFL duties.
“I needed it,” Mincey said. “It’s time to re-focus and re-dedicate myself to football. Gus was just honest. He just made an example of me and I feel bad to be the example, but I’ll always fight back and will come back and do everything right.
“I want to be a Jaguar. I have a lot of love and respect for Coach Gus Bradley and the way he does things. I appreciate him giving me the time to re-focus and dedicate myself to football so you can see the real player in me and I can get back to who I am.”
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Aaron Wilsn covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.