Sep 13, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reaches out to stiff arm Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton (69) while carrying the football during the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Bears 23-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Henry Melton Agrees To One-Year Deal With Cowboys; Money Not Yet Available


The Dallas Cowboys got great news Tuesday night. After visiting with the St. Louis Rams earlier in the day, free agent defensive tackle Henry Melton has agreed to terms and will play for the Cowboys this season. Although the terms of the contract are being discussed, it appears to be a one-year deal with the option for more. According to a tweet by the Dallas Morning News’ Brandon George on Tuesday night:

“Henry Melton 1-year deal gets a 3-year extension if he’s on roster 1st day of league year next March and then kicks in guaranteed money.”

The exact amount of the deal is unknown at this time. But according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport, the money is not yet available indicating the Cowboys front office will need to make a few moves to free up additional cap space. This seems to indicate it would be a deal worth more than the estimated $7.6 million Dallas currently has available.

While Melton was making his decision on which of several interested NFL teams to play for, it appears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli was the ultimate  difference-maker. Here’s what Melton told ESPNDallas after agreeing to join the Cowboys:

“I’m excited to come back home and work with Rod and get back to my Pro Bowl form. It’s a great group of guys there and I’ve talked to them the last few days.”

The six-year veteran was a Pro Bowler for the first time in 2012 after posting 44 tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles for the Chicago Bears. After being franchise tagged for a whopping $8.45 million in 2013, Melton suffered a season-ending ACL injury in just the third game of the season.

Melton’s injured knee got a thumbs up from the Dallas medical staff and the team believes he’ll be ready for training camp in July.

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  • SmartThinking

    Of course, his coming here is also predicated on his dodging an arrest warrant issued for him just yesterday re: some injuries he inflicted to his girlfriend.

    And this is Garrett’s “right Kind of guy?”

    • Old Frog

      Yeah…I don’t understand this either unless RKG is more about football attitude than it is about social values. We all know Dez had some trouble and talk of Brent returning would seem to indicate we don’t fully understand the term.

  • Old Frog

    I think this is bad news for all those who have advocated drafting Donald in the first round. Hopefully Zack Martin just climbed up our draft board.

    • Scott.

      I don’t think they’ll completely abandon the though of drafting a defensive lineman. They were horrible across the d line and this one signing should not change that enough to completely change their draft board. In regards to Garret’s RKG, Jerry simply trumped that. Maybe he had a quick flashback of stafford manhandling the d line and faking the spike, jumping over the d line for a winning touchdown. How quick do we forget about horrible d line play.

      • Old Frog

        Someone needs to ask Jason about this. If they ask Jerry he’ll talk out of both sides of his mouth and make it sound like there’s no conflict.

  • Draftmane

    Anthony Barr & Melton!!!!!

  • jaeman

    are You Kidding Me?? Why Are You Gonna Pay More Money Than What We Already Have?? Guess We’re NEVER Going To Get Out Of Cap Prison!!!

    • Scott.

      Profootball talk is reporting its a good deal for the cowboys. Not sure what that means but for them to give the cowboys positive props it’s a good thing.

      • jaeman

        Thanks For The Update. I Hope PFT is Right And Rappaport Is Wrong And Their Not Spending All Their Money!!

  • brian basile

    This is awesome news…with amt of cap space available this is best we could of hoped for….Now resign Spencer for cheap, forget about a 1st round NT and get what we really have been lacking on this D for a LONG time, a difference maker at safety like Pryor…May even be able to trade back a few spots and get a pick we can maneuver with in later rounds to move up a couple of spots…!st round Pryor, 2nd round Murphy, move up in 3rd to get Cyril Richardson and we are cooking…..Add Daniel McCullers in 4th, Bret Smith QB in 5th and Storm Johnson in 6th, John Brown in 7th….

  • BaMBaM

    Barr is a 3-4 outside LB. The Cowboys still need to draft Donald in the 1st