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Dallas Cowboys sign Henry Melton as they begin to rebuild defensive line

Dallas Cowboys sign Henry Melton
Dallas Cowboys sign Henry Melton
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The Dallas Cowboys signed defensive tackle Henry Melton as they start to work on rebuilding a defensive line that saw three starters leave as free agents this offseason. According to the Cowboys' official website on March 19, the Cowboys signed Henry Melton to a one-year deal with a three-year team option.

Melton is coming off a torn ACL but he said that he hopes to be ready to join the team when camp starts.

In his time with the Chicago Bears, he accumulated 15.5 sacks over his four year career, a decent number for a defensive tackle considering he barely played in his rookie season and only played two games in 2013 before his injury.

His scouting report indicates that he is the best fit for the Tampa-2 defense, which is what he will be playing in with the Cowboys. In Chicago, he made the Pro Bowl under Rod Marinelli, who will be his defensive coordinator in Dallas. It seems like the perfect fit for both parties.

The contract is also perfect for Dallas. They will pay him as much as $5 million this season depending on incentives and only $2.75 will count against the salary cap, leaving them with even more money to spend on more defensive help. If he excels, then they have the option to bring him back next year, but if he doesn't they can cut ties with no future cap damage.

Henry Melton chose the Dallas Cowboys over the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams.