Dallas Cowboys: Why Jared Allen is More Important Than Henry Melton

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Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Eagles 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys spent the early part of this week finally jumping into the offseason extravaganza that is known simply as free agency. By this I mean that owner and general manager Jerry Jones is finally attempting to add real players as opposed to simply losing them.

I hate to completely discount the signings of defensive end Jeremy Mincey, defensive tackle Terrell McClain and quarterback Brandon Weeden, but the reality is that these players likely make little, if any, difference to the fortunes of the Cowboys in 2014.

The names we want to know about are these:

Defensive tackle Henry Melton.

Defensive end Jared Allen.

Now we’re talking.

While some believed that Jones was simply barking without any intention of biting, the truth is that the Cowboys were absolutely desperate to add a difference-maker to a defensive front that has never been so depleted in terms of both talent and bodies—ever.

So, the one-year contract signed by Melton not 24 hours ago is certainly a step in the right direction, but I can’t say with certainty that it is the right step.

Melton is a questionable cat that really scares me. The 27-year old veteran drafted by the Chicago Bears was recently slapped with a lawsuit that clearly illustrates what I’m talking about. Regardless of whether or not the allegations are true, there’s something clearly out of tune with this particular guy and I’ll also add that Melton was arrested for driving drunk while playing for the Longhorns at Texas back in 2007.

In other words, Melton is looking a whole lot like “Jay Ratliff Part II” to me and I just don’t care how good of a player he is—or was.

Yes, Melton’s contract is quite friendly and definitely carries the description of being low-risk, but that’s a relative term when considering Melton’s behavior and also the fact that he’s still recovering from an injured ACL sustained early last season.

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