According to Aaron Wilson, Scout.com's senior NFL analyst, the Chicago Bears are interested in signing defensive end Jeremy Mincey.
Mincey (6-3, 270) is a former sixth round pick of the New England Patriots in 2006. He bounced around his rookie year from New England to San Francisco before finally finding a home in Jacksonville, where he's played the past five seasons.
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He didn't start a game until 2010, when he picked up 5.0 sacks in eight starts. Mincey broke out last year, starting all 16 contests and racking up 8.0 sacks and forced four fumbles, while also picking off a pass.
Folks around the league believe Mincey is a promising talent who is just about to enter his prime. He also doesn't have the wear and tear of a typical five-year veteran, having only played nine total games his first three years in the league.
Mincey is only 28, which is three years younger than Israel Idonije, who is also a free agent. With Idonije, you know what you can expect. With Mincey, the sky is the limit. He could turn into a consistent, double-digit sack performer for the next three or four seasons.
Pairing him with Julius Peppers could pay big dividends.
Mincey is being courted by a number of NFL teams. Even if the Bears land him, they still could sign Idonije, who has value on first and second down.
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