By Matthew Postins
One used to play for DeMarcus Ware’s new team. Another is on his fourth team in four years.
And, thus, the march to find a way to rebuild the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive line begins.
The Cowboys signed two free agents on Wednesday – defensive end Jeremy Mincey and defensive tackle Terrell McClain. Neither is what you would consider a household name.
Mincey, a 30-year old who was once a sixth-round pick for New England, last played for the Denver Broncos in 2013, accompanying the Broncos to Super Bowl XLVIII after the Jacksonville Jaguars cut him late in the 2013 season (partly due to Mincey’s repeated tardiness to team meetings).
Mincey’s best season came in Jacksonville in 2011 when he played in all 16 games, had 57 tackles and registered 8 sacks.
For his career Mincey has 20 sacks. The Cowboys reportedly signed Mincey to a two-year, $4.5 million contact with $2 million guaranteed.
Meanwhile the Broncos signed Ware to a three-year, $30 million contract with $20 million guaranteed on Wednesday.
McClain is only 25 but has already experienced a vagabond NFL life. Drafted in the third round by Carolina in 2011, McClain played the 2011 season with Carolina and a month of the 2012 season with New England before finding a home in Houston, where he played until he was released this offseason.
At 6-foot-2, 300 pounds, he’s capable of playing either tackle position in the Cover 2. In Houston’s 3-4 set he was an undersized nose tackle. McClain has 21 career tackles and 1 career sack.
McClain signed a three-year deal. Terms have not been reported.