The Dallas Cowboys managed to add one of the biggest free agents in the NFL to their mangled defensive line on Tuesday. Defensive tackle Henry Melton has agreed to a one-year deal with the Cowboys, with a team option for three additional years. But the exact financials were not known until know.
The Dallas Morning News reported that Melton’s Agent, Jordan Woy, worked late Tuesday night with the Cowboys front office on the specifics of the deal. They have now reported the financial details of the contract as the following:
“Melton can earn up to $5 million in 2014, Woy said. If Melton is on the Cowboys’ roster the first day of the NFL’s league year next March, a source said, he will get a three-year extension that would average $8 million per season and include $9 million guaranteed in 2015.”
This would leave approximately $2.6 million in available cap room for the Cowboys to use in free agency. Although many believe defensive end Jared Allen is out of the picture now that Melton has signed, Dallas could still restructure current player contracts to raise that number in order to afford Allen. Regardless, the Cowboys have filled a massive hole on their defense with the addition of Melton. His signing will go a long way in improving a defense that ranked dead last in the league last season.