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Jaguars, DE Mincey agree to four-year deal

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars and defensive end Jeremy Mincey have agreed on a four-year contract, filling one of the team's most pressing needs.

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Mincey agreed to terms early Wednesday, after spending several hours on the open market. The Chicago Bears tried to sign the free-agent pass rusher, but he ultimately chose to stay in Jacksonville. His deal reportedly includes $9 million guaranteed and could max out at $27.2 million.

"Chicago!!! what a great organization," Mincey posted on his Twitter page. "But, Gene Smith fought for me in a Very Tough fight....PROUD TO BE A JAG!! DUUUVALLL!!!"

Mincey had a career-high eight sacks last season, and the Jaguars made it clear they wanted to re-sign the 28-year-old end they believe will develop into an elite pass rusher.

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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