Henry Melton (69) sacks Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) during the first quarter at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Henry Melton not visiting Dallas Cowboys today

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher signed a lucrative four-year deal with the rival Washington Redskins after a career-year in 2013 in which he posted 11 sacks, and now former Chicago Bears DT Henry Melton is now clearly the top player at the position still available. Heck, Melton is the better player than Hatcher in my book, and he would have been signed to a lucrative deal already had he not torn his ACL last season. There aren’t many interior pass rushers better than Melton, and he’s clearly one of the best three-techs in the NFL.

The Seattle Seahawks hosted Melton on a free agent visit yesterday, and it would be downright ridiculous if the Seahawks were able to add him to their elite defensive line. He recorded seven sacks in 2011 and six sacks in 2012, and that type of production as an interior defensive lineman would be nasty on the Seahawks line with guys like Michael Bennett and Brandon Mebane.

It was reported that the Cowboys would host Melton on a visit after the Seahawks, but it looks like that visit may have been nixed. ESPN Dallas’s Calvin Watkins reports that the Cowboys don’t actually have a visit with Melton scheduled for today, and it looks like the coast could be clear for the Seahawks to sign him. The Minnesota Vikings have interest, but they already signed Linval Joseph earlier this offseason, have 2013 first-round pick Sharrif Floyd, and they also re-signed Fred Evans.

Melton would have been a great signing for the Cowboys and would have even been an upgrade over Hatcher at DT. We’ll see if anything new happens on the Cowboys-Melton front to clarify things. It’s possible that this means Melton has signed with the Seahawks, but it could also mean that both parties simply rescheduled the visit to a later date.

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  • Raymond

    Melton to Seattle needs to happen. Best fit for both parties

  • SmartThinking

    Okay. So what is it? He’s coming. No. Wait. He’s not coming. King’s X on the Melton thing. Kinda like the Herring deal / oops, no deal. This team is looking like a bunch of semi-pros!

  • Trakar

    The only problem right now is full medical clearance by the Seahawks medical personnel. It seems like the initial news was good, now we are waiting on the more considered full prognosis of his Left ACL repair (and his little bar fight and public intox. incident) to decide what kind of numbers are offered. He’ll still have to pony up and compete to make the team but if he’s in shape and gets his off-the-field legal issues taken care of, he’d make a good interior pressure D lineman.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Yup, he would be a great interior pass rusher for the Seahawks, and I would think that his medicals should check out given when he suffered his ACL tear. I honestly see Melton trying to land a prove-it deal in order to get more money next offseason.

  • Kevin Bilbro

    I don’t think I’d bother with him if I were the ‘Hawks, especially with the off-field issues, not to mention the knee injury. I think they’d get somebody better through the draft. He was ok here in chicago but not that great.