After signing Henry Melton on a one-year, incentive laden deal, the Dallas Cowboys have finally made a splash in free agency. Signing Melton was needed, and the Cowboys got a good deal out of it. In fact, the Cowboys paid less for Melton than they would have for Jason Hatcher. It should also be known that Melton is a better player than Hatcher, and he is five years younger than the latter.
Many Cowboy fans ridiculed the Melton signing because he is coming off reconstructive ACL surgery. ESPN Dallas reported Wednesday evening that Melton’s health was not a factor in his free agency process. Regardless of the injury, each team he visited showed interest in the University of Texas product. ACL surgery should worry fans, but Melton is still young and he still has plenty of gas left in the tank.
The main reason that Melton was signed on only a one-year deal was because of his health in 2013. Depending on Dallas’ decision, the Cowboys could keep Melton beyond 2014 if he produces like they think he will next season. At the end of the 2014 season, Melton could get an additional three years and an average salary of $9 million. While many NFL players would just like to take the money and run, Melton believes that he should earn the money.
As one of Rod Marinelli’s products from their time with the Chicago Bears, the Cowboys are getting a young player who is one of the best 3-techniques in the game. This offseason looked like it was nowhere off the bat because they didn’t sign a starter until a full week later. The acquisitions of Jeremy Mincey and Terrell McClain will be great for the Cowboys as it brings them depth on the defensive line. But the addition of Henry Melton will really help this team in the short-term, and in the long-term. Cowboy fans everywhere need to know that this guy is for real, and he was signed at a ridiculously good price.