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.