Cowboys decline option on Henry Melton

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Cowboys defensive tackle Henry Melton will become a free agent in March.

Melton’s agent, Jordan Woy, confirmed today that Melton will become a free agent.

As noted by the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys had until tomorrow to decide whether they would exercise the three-year option on Melton’s contract. Considering that exercising the option would have guaranteed Melton a $9 million salary in 2015, it’s no surprise that the Cowboys have declined the option.

Melton was a Pro Bowler for the Bears in 2012, and the Bears put the franchise tag on him to keep him from free agency in 2013. While playing on the franchise tag, Melton suffered a torn ACL during the 2013 season. After 2013 the Bears let him walk, and the Cowboys signed Melton in 2014.

Although Melton played well at times last year, recording five sacks, he hasn’t returned all the way to his previous Pro Bowl form. He’ll have to hope some team still thinks he has a Pro Bowl season left in him.