The Dallas Cowboys signed veteran defensive tackle Amobi Okoye in mid-May to help beef up the revamped interior of their defensive line, and this signing came a year after they showed some speculative interest in the former Houston Texans starter last offseason. No deal came out of those talks, though, and Okoye sat out the 2013 season without a team due to a medical issue that hasn’t been specified. It will be interesting to see when he can finally see the field after joining the Cowboys, but they wouldn’t have signed him had he not been healthy enough.
ESPN Dallas’s Calvin Watkins passed along some positive news on Okoye, as he tweeted that the 27-year-old is “recovering well” from the undisclosed illness that has derailed his career, and he is drawing closer to a return. His status for training camp is still up-in-the-air, but I would be surprised if he doesn’t get some good work in during training camp and the preseason and locks up a roster spot.
Henry Melton and Okoye are two former Chicago Bears defensive tackles who have reunited with Rod Marinelli this offseason, but both key defensive linemen are dealing with medical issues. Melton tore his ACL early last season, and while he is recovering, he was slow to heal from the injury. But if he is healthy, then he will make a huge impact on the team, and he would be just as good as Jason Hatcher as a pass rusher.
The Cowboys will hope to get solid production out of Okoye, but he isn’t the only injured DL (Anthony Spencer is coming off of a microfracture surgery and his ability to produce is clearly in doubt despite his talent) the Cowboys have to worry about. I think their D-Line will be fine with George Selvie, Demarcus Lawrence, and Jeremy Mincey at DE, especially with Marinelli helping everyone improve.