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Henry Melton expected to visit Vikings on Thursday

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The Vikings signed defensive tackle Linval Joseph on Tuesday and they drafted defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd in the first round last year, but they are still thinking about adding to their options at the position.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Henry Melton is scheduled for a visit with the Vikings on Thursday. Melton, who came in at No. 32 on PFT’s Hot 100 list of free agents, is very familiar to Minnesota after four years with the Bears.

During those four years, Melton established himself as one of the better three technique defensive tackles in the game but his 2013 season came to an end after three games because of a torn ACL. Joseph appears to be set for the nose tackle spot with Floyd filling the three technique spot vacated by Kevin Williams, but Melton would give the Vikings options and enviable depth at the position.

They aren’t the only team interested in Melton, however. The Cowboys are also reportedly interested in securing his services and Melton’s agent Jordan Woy said that his client would be interested in playing for Dallas. If Melton did land with Jerry Jones’ crew, he’d be reunited with former Bears defensive coordinator and current Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.

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28 Responses to “Henry Melton expected to visit Vikings on Thursday”
  1. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 12, 2014 4:36 PM

    I doubt that Melton would accept a backup role and the money associated with that, but it would be pretty cool to have him.

  2. sdsmooth says: Mar 12, 2014 4:37 PM

    Losing and DUI’s may be in Henry’s future.

  3. billclintonspetkraken says: Mar 12, 2014 4:37 PM

    Zimmer is already showing his influence; the guy loves him an abundance of D-Line rotations. That D-line has already gone from an old one to a young one (Robison still has fresh legs for only starting 4 years), needless to say it’s exciting to see.

  4. shaggytoodle says: Mar 12, 2014 4:38 PM

    Giving out big money to back ups, while some of the teams best players dip out of town, is a really good way to turn a 5 win team into a 3 win team.

  5. thevikesarebest says: Mar 12, 2014 4:44 PM

    He wants to leave that joke that is the bears and come to a great franchise on the rise like the vikings.SKOL

  6. ltsherman13 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:45 PM

    Vikes apparently don’t care that our secondary sucks

  7. banlarson says: Mar 12, 2014 4:45 PM

    I understand the need for depth, but this makes me wonder about Zimmer’s impression of Floyd. Floyd didn’t exactly set the world on fire, he has short arms and couldn’t beat out an aging Kevin Williams. Either he is attempting to build depth on the defensive front, or he isn’t sold on Floyd.

  8. wjarvis says: Mar 12, 2014 4:45 PM

    I’d be surprised if he doesn’t go to Dallas, He’s from Texas, loves Marinelli and would be able to start. I think after he finds out what teams are offering a DT following an ACL tear, he’ll take a one year deal and become a UFA next year too.

  9. elliottcovert says: Mar 12, 2014 4:46 PM

    Wasn’t Melton the one who knocked out Brett Favre in the last play of his career?

  10. bobnelsonjr says: Mar 12, 2014 4:47 PM

    Don’t kill your career Henry. There is more to football than making money from a loser franchise.

  11. 13x Offseason World Champions says: Mar 12, 2014 4:47 PM

    I guess Floyd isn’t developing as fast as we’d been led to believe…

  12. deflateddome says: Mar 12, 2014 4:53 PM

    The poor Packer fans are frantic today. The major Packer Scout BBS is very upset that no free agents are signed yet. So they have no choice than to dump on other teams progress. Pretty sad really, since it is the same with them over and over…

  13. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 12, 2014 4:56 PM

    Actually, Zimmer loves what he’s seen of Floyd so far, but he loves rotating defensive linemen to keep them fresh. I’m thinking he’s not on the Fred Evans bandwagon.

  14. fwippel says: Mar 12, 2014 4:57 PM

    Would love to have him on the Vikings, but I can’t imagine them being willing to spend the money to land Melton, with Floyd and Joseph already slated to start.

    That’d be a lot of money to spend at the DT position for a team with severe needs at LB and DB.

  15. ariani1985 says: Mar 12, 2014 4:58 PM

    Haha green bay we pick who we want and you get BJ “bust” Raji

    I swear you enjoy the clown music!

  16. earpaniac says: Mar 12, 2014 5:00 PM

    Elliot- Nope. That was Corey Wooten. He’s also a FA.

  17. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 12, 2014 5:10 PM

    Playing for Marinelli in Dallas makes sense. They need a DT and Melton knows that defense. It would mean they don’t have to draft Aaron Donald in the first.

  18. conormacleod says: Mar 12, 2014 5:12 PM

    The Vikings were $40 mil under the cap. Still plenty to go. They won’t be favored to win the division or a Super Bowl this year or next, but they are an up and coming team in the NFL. Also, with a last place schedule, new coaches, and young talent everywhere, don’t be shocked to see them get a wild card spot.

  19. haraldsigurdson says: Mar 12, 2014 5:13 PM

    Hey Henry, come join the “Purple Pain” defense!

  20. khmer379 says: Mar 12, 2014 5:17 PM

    Like Melton or not at least Zimmer is thinking defense first cause last year D was offensive lol

  21. gbmickey says: Mar 12, 2014 5:19 PM


  22. purpleguy says: Mar 12, 2014 5:48 PM

    I’d rather we spend the dough on a couple CBs and an OLB, but as long as BJ Raji isn’t coming for a visit, all remains good in the world of purple.

  23. vikesfansteve says: Mar 12, 2014 7:14 PM

    If he hadn’t torn his ACL he would have been in the top 5 FA’s, he is still maybe the best DT despite being injured. Signing him would be huge and give the Vikings their best DLine since 09.

  24. gojetsgo33 says: Mar 12, 2014 7:41 PM

    Get it done!!

  25. haraldsigurdson says: Mar 12, 2014 10:00 PM

    “Vicious Varangians”

  26. randallwoodfield says: Mar 12, 2014 11:50 PM


    Again, anybody that would call any NFL player a bust after his rookie season, knows absolutely nothing about football or pro sports in general.

  27. vikes89allday says: Mar 13, 2014 1:00 AM

    Coming off the ACL injury, price could be right good fit in the rotational packages we’ll see

  28. tlippert says: Mar 13, 2014 11:03 AM

    He would fit in perfectly in a rotation with Joseph and Floyd. Spelling Floyd occasionally and coming in for Joseph on pass rushing situations. Make it happen!

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