Former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton is one of the top free agents left on the open market, and it looks like the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and Dallas Cowboys are the three favorites to snatch him up. Melton is coming off of an ACL tear, but his medicals should check out. ACL tears aren’t the issue they used to be, and Melton is more than talented enough to make up for any injury concerns. I mean, he’s one of the game’s best interior pass rushers, and those kinds of 4-3 DTs are put at a premium in the league today.
ESPN Dallas’s Calvin Watkins reports that Melton will visit the Dallas Cowboys tomorrow, and that’s been the expectation all along. He was supposed to visit the Cowboys yesterday, but Watkins reported that he wouldn’t actually have his visit yesterday. That led to the question, “Did Melton reschedule his visit or did he cancel the visit and sign with the Seahawks after visiting the defending champs on Friday?”
Thankfully for the Cowboys, the answer is the former part of the question, and they will get their crack at Jason Hatcher’s replacement. The great thing for the Cowboys is that not only is Melton better than Hatcher, but he’s also going to come cheaper due to last year’s injury. I still think the Seahawks are the front-runners to sign him, but the Cowboys clearly have the biggest need for him. As for the Vikings, I have no clue why they are showing interest in a DT with a 2013 first-round pick and free agent signing Linval Joseph on the roster.