Defensive tackle Henry Melton is heading toward free agency and said recently that he has “no clue” whether or not he’ll be back with the Bears next season.
If he doesn’t return to Chicago, a reunion with former Bears defensive line coach and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli would be something of interest. Marinelli was recently promoted to the defensive coordinator role with the Cowboys and Melton’s agent Jordan Woy said that any interest from Dallas would be reciprocated by his client.
“Henry’s from Dallas, he played for [Marinelli], obviously there would be interest from Henry’s side, but who knows at this point?” Woy said, via ESPNDallas.com.
Woy also represents Cowboys defensive linemen and impending free agents Jason Hatcher and Anthony Spencer so he’ll have a pretty good idea about what direction the Cowboys are moving in once free agency gets underway. Melton would be a pretty good fit if Hatcher’s expected departure becomes an actual departure, but the Cowboys have cap issues that could hinder a deal even if the team believes the issues aren’t too serious.
Any team that’s going to sign Melton is going to want to be sure that the torn ACL that ended his 2013 season won’t be an issue heading into next year. Woy suggested that Melton, who has progressed to running, would be ready at the start of camp or a little earlier.