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NFL Free Agency: Henry Melton signs with Dallas Cowboys

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

Jonathan Daniel

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?