NFL Free Agency: Henry Melton signs with Dallas Cowboys

Jonathan Daniel

Bears free agent defensive tackle Henry Melton signs a multi-year deal with home state team, the Dallas Cowboys.

Defensive tackle Henry Melton's free agency visit to his home state of Texas has proved fruitful, with the NFL Network's Adam Schefter tweeting:

The move reunites Melton with former position coach and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, under whose tutelage he blossomed from a raw 4th-round defensive end prospect, whom the Bears drafted in 2009, into a Pro Bowl three-technique defensive tackle following the 2012 season.  Unable to reach an agreement for 2013, he was franchise tagged by the Bears last season.

The Cowboys, who changed from a 3-4 defense to a Cover-2 system last season under Monte Kiffin, badly needed an under tackle in the system's signature position and owner Jerry Jones was willing to make the necessary salary cap moves to ensure he didn't get away.  Terms of the deal have yet to be released.

Henry Melton himself confirmed the news on his twitter:

Bears general manager Phil Emery had expressed a desire to see Melton return, despite having voiced reservations about his commitment to the rehab process and the recent lawsuit in which the lineman is being sued by the owner of a bar in Grapevine, Texas, but was willing to let him test the market following a return from missing all but three games of the 2013 season to an ACL injury.

What do you think, Bears fans?  Does it make taking Aaron Donald at #14 in the draft a certainty, if not an absolute necessity?

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Windy City Gridiron

You must be a member of Windy City Gridiron to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Windy City Gridiron. You should read them.

Join Windy City Gridiron

You must be a member of Windy City Gridiron to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Windy City Gridiron. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker