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Dallas Cowboys looking at NFL free agent Henry Melton to replace Jason Hatcher

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The Dallas Cowboys have serious problems on their defensive line. The unit was a mess in 2013 and they just waived the best player on the defense in DeMarcus Ware to open up salary cap room. ESPN reported on March 11 that, while the Dallas Cowboys might be able to afford to bring back Jason Hatcher now, they might look at a younger player such as Henry Melton.

Jason Hatcher will turn 32 before the 2014 NFL season starts and has five visits scheduled in this free agency period, the first of which is with the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

Henry Melton is 27 and might come cheaper than Hatcher could have. The Cowboys have about $10 million in salary cap space after offseason moves and restructuring, plus the release of Ware. With Melton coming off ACL surgery, Dallas might get him at a discounted rate.

Plus, Melton played for the Chicago Bears and his old defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is the new Cowboys’ DC. While playing under Marinelli in 2012, Melton made it to the Pro Bowl. Melton also played his college football at Texas, so he could be returning home.


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