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Henry Melton Will Visit the Dallas Cowboys


It has been reported that the Dallas Cowboys will host free agent target Henry Melton on Wednesday in Valley Ranch. While that may sound encouraging to Cowboy fans, it should be noted that the Seattle Seahawks will be hosting Melton beforehand. This should scare Cowboy fans because the Seahawks also run the 4-3 scheme where Melton could be used as a 3-technique.

Obviously the Seahawks have a bright future ahead of them, and that probably is Seattle’s biggest draw for them to bring the 27-year-old to the King City. To be honest, I’m honestly scared that Melton will be signed by the Seahawks. If this happens, it will be a dark time in Dallas. The biggest draw for the Cowboys is that they have Rod Marinelli as their defensive coordinator. Marinelli worked with Melton from their days together in Chicago in 2012. That year was Melton’s best statistical season and he even was a Pro Bowler for the first time in his career.

If Melton doesn’t sign a deal with the Seahawks, it is an extremely good sign for Cowboy fans. I doubt Melton would leave Valley Ranch without a contract signed. Signing Melton would finally give the Cowboys that big-time free agent that they need. With the official signings of Terrell McClain and Jeremy Mincey, it is safe to say that Jerry Jones has not made Cowboy fans happy.

On the other hand, it is good to hear that the Cowboys will now entertain more big-name free agents. In the past few days or so, they have been rumored to targeting Julius Peppers. Like Melton, Peppers was also a member of the Chicago Bears for the past few years. After adding depth guys in McClain and Mincey, it is crucial for Dallas to sign one or two solid starters. Melton is better than that as he has the potential to be a perennial pro bowler. Cowboy fans everywhere… let’s all hope and pray Melton doesn’t get signed by Seattle.

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  • SmartThinking

    Signing either Melton or Peppers to this team is a baaaaaaaad idea!!!

    Peppers is spent. He’s broken down and looking for a payday and it shouldn’t be in Dallas. This team needs way more than he can offer, even for half his salary.

    Melton is gonna cost somebody big dollars. I hope it’s Seattle and not the Cowboys. We stand to get more for the money we’ve got to spend through the draft than Melton can offer this team over the next few years.

    • Ryan Ratty

      Thanks for the comment. I can agree with you on Peppers. But I believe Melton is the real deal. Also, Peppers signed with Green Bay so we don’t have to worry about that.

      • SmartThinking

        If Melton is the “real deal” as you put it, then why did Chicago let him go and why didn’t Seattle gobble him up? It’s ok, I’ll answer. Because he’s aging fast, looked better than he is by his teammates, won’t take direction and has issues with authority that culminate at the police blotter. Not what this team needs to upright itself. Even at half Ware’s asking price.

        • Ryan Ratty

          Chicago let him go because they have other needs to worry about. He’s only 27 years old. Regardless, Marinelli was the reason he flourished in 2012. A reunion between the two would be a good fit.

  • Old Frog

    I’m not buying into this “Mincey and McClain have not made Cowboys’ fans happy”… and I don’t agree that we need big name FA’s (particularly injured ones) unless they are dirt cheap. Slow and steady wins the race.

    • Ryan Ratty

      Thanks for the comment. Great point. Mincey and McClain aren’t amazing, but both could find their potential with Marinelli.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Peppers is the same situation as Ware. To old, not performing anymore, way to much $$. Mute point now, GB has signed him. We need rotation guys like McClain and Mincey. Hayden needs a partner. If we need a 3 technique in the first round. If we get that, then Melton is not a huge concern at the $$ he will be requesting.

    • Ryan Ratty

      Thanks for the comment. I disagree with you here. Hayden is awful, and he needs to be replaced. Ben Bass is a guy to watch in the middle as a defensive tackle.

      • ctcowboy1968

        I thought Hayden was better than serviceable and deserves a rotational role on the D at least. I am not saying that I watched detail tape on him or anything. I really like Bass in his rookie preseason, but everyone is casting this UDFA are the next coming and a definite starter. I hope he is fantastic, but he is a completely unproven player.

        • Ryan Ratty

          Agree with you here. Have high hopes for Bass, but I always prepare for the worst. I do believe McClain and Mincey will be good players here. Marinelli really likes both of them.

  • Steven Russell

    Man this extended visit with Seattle is worrying the hell out of me, he’s been there for like two days and there’s no word or sign of him having left which is a terrible sign.

    Melton is also from Dallas and played at UT, it’s weird that he didn’t visit us first considering he lives here but I guess he wanted to make the round, gauge his value and come home if he doesn’t get big money?

    • Ryan Ratty

      Thanks for the comment. I definitely agree with you here. I’m scared Seattle will sign him. Dallas could use Melton as a 3-technique. He could flourish with Marinelli. He did in 2012!

    • Old Frog

      I don’t know. If I had a chance to sign with the reigning Super Bowl champs and odds on favorites to repeat or the Cowboys I think I’d take the champs. He can move back to Dallas/Ft. Worth anytime.

  • Jim Dowd

    what do you think the Cowboys need to offer Melton to get him to sign?

    • Jim Dowd

      two years, 6 million?

      • Ryan Ratty

        Thanks for the comment. I’m not entirely sure really. It’s tough to predict with Dallas’ remaining cap. I would say around $5-6 million.