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Cowboys play it smart, safe with Melton

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With defensive tackle Henry Melton recovering from a torn ACL and contending with allegations of kidney biting (Hannibal Henry Melton?), the Cowboys structured a contract that gives the team maximum flexibility.

Per multiple reports, Melton’s deal covers one year, giving the team the exclusive option to pick up three more beyond that.

The structure provides the team with the ability to keep Melton around if he plays well and avoids further trouble, along with the power to cut the cord after one year.

From Melton’s perspective, a one-year deal surely would have been preferred, allowing him to prove himself and then get back to the market.  But it’s difficult for a player to dictate terms when he’s fighting to get healthy and facing a bizarre set of allegations.

So the Cowboys get a player who fills a major void on the defensive line, along with the ability to keep him around beyond 2014 if he plays as well as he did before he injured his knee.  And if he avoids further attempts at human organ consumption.

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13 Responses to “Cowboys play it smart, safe with Melton”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 18, 2014 11:01 PM

    Hmm, I’m not sure about this deal. Let’s ask Lawrence Fishburne’s character’s opinion and go with the opposite recommendation cause that guy is a dunce.

  2. usdiveteam says: Mar 18, 2014 11:03 PM

    I hate to say it but Jerry got one right!!!

  3. beardownnation says: Mar 18, 2014 11:06 PM

    It’s a no risk situation for the Cowboys. The issue is that if fills nothing yet, its about proving it on Melton’s part. Hoping he does, was a good ball player in 2012. Sometimes adversity in life is needed to get someone back on track. This will either do it or he falls into the abyss of what might have been. http://beardownnation.blogspot.ca/

  4. RussianBreadMaker says: Mar 18, 2014 11:41 PM

    Your attempt at humor is almost at embarrassing levels.

  5. kelsey59 says: Mar 18, 2014 11:44 PM

    Cowboys and smart is an oxymoron.

  6. thefootballgodssay says: Mar 18, 2014 11:51 PM

    great a fat guy who can the run what about stopping the pass secondary SUCKS

  7. stunzeed5 says: Mar 19, 2014 12:29 AM

    Another Cowboy flop….

  8. bobnelsonjr says: Mar 19, 2014 12:30 AM

    Far better and more consistent player than Allen from the vikings.

  9. dontcensormebro says: Mar 19, 2014 3:06 AM

    Who cares? With Jerry Jones running the show and Tony Romo at QB the Cowboys will still miss the playoffs.

  10. jerrysglassescleaner says: Mar 19, 2014 6:46 AM

    The great Jerry Jones does something great yet again. Thank god im a Cowboys Fan! #Superbowlbound

  11. 700levelvet says: Mar 19, 2014 7:17 AM

    The.”Most mediocre franchise in sports “…

  12. tccoats says: Mar 19, 2014 7:35 AM

    with the ability to cut a player at any time arent all nfl contracts 1-yr deals with team options?…even easier to do if there is no guaranteed money after the first year. what am I missing as far as structuring the contract this way?

  13. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 19, 2014 8:05 AM

    It was a smart deal on the Cowboys part that minimizes risk. For Melton, it’s an opportunity to thrive in a defense that he has thrived in before with Marinelli the coordinator.

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