Marc Trestman says Henry Melton has been “great asset” to BearsContinue reading.
Henry Melton joins Dallas Cowboys
Defensive tackle Henry Melton said his goodbyes to Chicago on Twitter. And he also announced he’ll be joining the Dallas Cowboys after looking at multiple teams in free agency.
“Thank you chicago for the best 5 years of my life!,” Melton wrote on Twitter Tuesday night. “I can’t wait to begin the next chapter of my life… With a star on my helmet.”
Melton’s odds of staying with the Bears decreased as the days passed and others were signed. The Bears brought back veteran defensive lineman Israel Idonije on a one-year deal earlier Tuesday and had already re-signed Jeremiah Ratliff and Nate Collins.
Last week, general manager Phil Emery said the “clock is ticking” on Melton and that he was waiting to hear back from his agent, Jordan Woy, after he completed his visits.
Melton, 27, visited the Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks after free agency opened.
Melton, who is from Texas, leaves the Bears after four seasons. He was a Pro Bowler in 2012, but spent most of last season on injured reserve with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament. Melton played under an $8.45 million franchise tag in 2013 after a long-term deal could not be reached.
In Dallas, Melton will be reunited with former Bears defensive coordinator/line coach Rod Marinelli, who runs the Cowboys defense. He had 15.5 sacks over four seasons with the Bears.