Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy reportedly caused locker room friction, while defensive tackle Jeremy Mincey questions his future, according to the Dallas Morning News.
When an NFL regular season ends for impending free agents, their exit interview with the media might contain a couple of more interesting blurbs than what you normally would see.
That was the case with Jeremy Mincey on Monday, as he answered questions about friction with Greg Hardy in the locker room this season and his future with the Dallas Cowboys.
Through his own words, Jeremy Mincey had some questions as to whether or not he will be returning to the Dallas Cowboys next season, citing that they might decide to go younger.
In a smart public relations move that also gives him a little more leverage in negotiations with the Dallas Cowboys, Jeremy Mincey stated that he wanted to return because of the fans.
At 31 years of age, Jeremy Mincey played solidly for the Dallas Cowboys but he didn’t exactly perform as the dominant interior force that the defensive line requires in this particular scheme.
In the Tampa 2 scheme, Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator generally needs an interior lineman to be disruptive, getting into the backfield as soon as the ball is snapped on offense.
None of the Dallas Cowboys interior linemen consistently fit the bill on that role, so the belief is that management might consider using a draft pick on improving that area of the team.
Since they went 4-12 this season, the Dallas Cowboys have the fourth overall selection in the upcoming NFL Draft. It would not be a shock if they decided to address their defense first.
Old Miss Rebels defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche is 6’5″ and 300 pounds. He has the athleticism and potential to be that disruptive force on the Dallas Cowboys defensive line.
An interesting fact of note is that Robert Nkemdiche has the “talented but troubled” label, which also applies to Greg Hardy and Randy Gregory, two members of the Dallas Cowboys roster.
A lot of Dallas Cowboys fans are going to be rooting for owner Jerry Jones to go with a quarterback early on in the NFL Draft, but building through the trenches has worked out well.
After years of neglecting the offensive line, the Dallas Cowboys drafted Tyson Smith, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin. They now have one of the strongest units in the entire NFL.
Spending a couple of draft picks to build up the defensive line would benefit the Dallas Cowboys greatly, especially since Jerry Jones needs time to rebuild their weakened secondary.
A big issue for Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys is that they might not necessarily want a troublemaker like Greg Hardy in the same locker as impressionable defensive linemen.
There is a good chance that Greg Hardy is not on the Dallas Cowboys roster next season, especially since coaches and executives have started to downplay his potential return.
If the Dallas Cowboys allow Greg Hardy to leave via free agency, where he is unlikely to have many suitors, they’re going to need young players to step up to avoid being second guessed.
That means that Jerry Jones might not just address the position via the NFL Draft. He might even go after someone in free agency, such as Buffalo Bills star Mario Williams.
With the defense badly in need of reloading, a lot of familiar faces might not be around the Dallas Cowboys next season. That does not bode well for Greg Hardy and Jeremy Mincey.
Jerry Jones is still desperate for another Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl victory, and he’s not afraid to drop people who are not a part of the cause.
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