He broke the news itself.
Thank you chicago for the best 5 years of my life!.... I can't wait to begin the next chapter of my life... With a star on my helmet.— Henry Melton (@HenMel) March 19, 2014
Jerry Jones still is one of the best closers in the NFL, and it is likely that Rod Marinelli didn't hurt. The Dallas Cowboys now have a solid three technique defensive tackle, pending his recovery from his ACL injury. On 105.3 The Fan, Mike Fisher said that he understands that Melton is 90% back from the injury, and no problems are expected after the medical exam the team put him through.
Details are still pending, but word is that this is a multi-year deal. Melton is 27 years old and the Cowboys are making a play to get the best years out of him. And, also according to Fisher, Jared Allen is still a target. The Melton signing may actually make it easier to work out a deal with Allen, since the overall quality of the defensive line just got a major upgrade. And Anthony Spencer is also still a factor on a D line that suddenly looks a lot better.
And now, Joey has his lead dog.
Looks like the Cowboys got a good deal this time.
The contract is reportedly a one-year deal with a club option for three more, depending on Melton's performance in 2014. The price figures to be a bit lower than expected for one of the league's top defensive tackles, as Melton missed the majority of 2013 with an ACL injury. Financial details have not been disclosed, but Melton's price tag would increase if he is brought back.
If the team did not overspend, this is even better than we might have thought.
No specifics yet, but looks like it is really favorable for this year.