Help is on the way for the Denver Broncos' injury-depleted 23rd-ranked defense.
Mincey was the Jaguars' top pass rusher in 2011 -- Del Rio's final season as Jacksonville's head coach. The defensive end played well enough to earn a four-year, $20 million contract with $9 million in guaranteed money. He recently was released by Jacksonville after several missed team meetings led to his benching.
This is a sensible signing by Denver. Mincey started 32 consecutive games from 2011 to 2012, performing at his best in Del Rio's scheme.
Once Derek Wolfe has recovered from seizure-like symptoms, the Broncos will have a quality rotation of defensive ends with Wolfe and Robert Ayers as run-stuffers, and Mincey and Shaun Phillips as pass-rushing specialists.