Defensive lineman Jeremy Mincey had every intention to continue playing football after undergoing offseason elbow surgery, but after the Cowboys didn’t show interest in re-signing him, the nine-year NFL veteran decided to retire.
Mincey, 32, announced the decision Tuesday on his Instagram account.
Originally a 2006 sixth-round draft pick by the Patriots, Mincey was waived at the end of his first training camp. He ultimately landed in Jacksonville and posted a career-high eight sacks with the Jaguars in 2011.
The University of Florida graduate also played on the 2013 Broncos squad that reached Super Bowl XLVIII. He then signed with Dallas, where he played the past two seasons. Mincey registered six sacks and 36 tackles in 16 starts in 2014, but his production dipped significantly last season.
A source told Sporting News that Mincey had two standing offers to sign with interested parties during the preseason, “but his heart was in one place,” and that was Dallas.
“I played the game with love, passion and relentlessly to prove to people your heart will take you as far as you want it to go,” Mincey wrote on Instagram. “Trust me. I had half the talent a lot of guys had in this league. What separated me from the others was my will for victory.”