Oct 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton (69) sacks Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) during the first quarter at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Can the Dallas Cowboys Turn Ware $$$ into FA Target Henry Melton?

Sep 9, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Henry Melton (69) celebrates a sack during the second half against the Indianapolis Colts at Soldier Field. The Bears won 41-21. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

This is the real question we must all be asking, right?  Can the Dallas Cowboys turn the Ware savings into free agent DT Henry Melton?  DeMarcus Ware is gone but $7.4M dollars remains behind. The Dallas Cowboys refusal to pay Ware his full salary ultimately led to the future Hall of Famer’s release, and the recouping of funds potentially owed.

How the Cowboys spend the newly found $7.4M will determine whether if this is a happy story or a sad story in Cowboys lore. They began rebuilding by signing a couple bargain rotational guys in Jeremy Mincey and Terrell McClain. Neither player is particularly flashy nor should they be expected to become anything close to Pro Bowlers. They are solid rotational guys and not a whole lot more.

Rotation guys and depth is good. The Cowboys need it. There are also some older DEs out there still shopping their services. These are stop-gaps. They are intriguing if the price is right but they really aren’t the solution.

Let’s be real. The Cowboys are not going to be a contender next season. They may even be worse in 2014 than they were in 2013. This year (and the cutting of Ware) is about rebuilding. The Cowboys need to get younger. That is why Henry Melton remains the number 1 objective in free agency.

Melton, coming off ACL reconstructive surgery sustained in week 3 of last season, is expected to be at or near full strength by training camp. He made a name for himself in 2012 under coach Rod Marinelli where he earned a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Playing the part of the 3-technique tackle, Melton was considered a quick penetrator who both effectively stopped the run and rushed the passer.

Durability issues exist for the Fort Worth native but when healthy, he’s a perfect fit for Marinelli’s defense. At 27 years old he is just entering his prime and should be able to return to Pro Bowl form without much problem.

Melton is with the Vikings today and has generated interest from multiple other teams (One of which is the Cowboys).  If the Cowboys are able to get Melton it would go a long way in rebuilding this defensive line.

The defense won’t be rebuilt in one offseason but adding young building blocks like Melton is a great start.

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Tags: 2014 NFL Free Agency Dallas Cowboys Henry Melton Rod Marinelli

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