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Henry Melton | Defensive Lineman

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/11/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 290
College: Texas
Contract: view contract details

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Cowboys DT Henry Melton (hamstring) is expected to miss Week 4 against the Saints.
Melton has started each of the Cowboys' past two games next to DT Nick Hayden. He's graded out as a top-three pass-rushing defensive tackle at Pro Football Focus. Melton's absence is an upgrade to Drew Brees' matchup. Sep 26 - 9:19 AM

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Cowboys DT Henry Melton (groin) has resumed practicing.

The Cowboys weren't in full pads, but Melton got some first-team reps. Barring a setback, he'll be ready for Week 1, where he'll be tasked with anchoring the league's worst front seven.
Aug 25 - 1:55 PM

Cowboys DT Henry Melton (groin) remains sidelined, but is "confident" he'll be ready for Week 1.

Melton was originally deemed day to day when he went down eight days ago, but is clearly more week to week. He's not going to suit up for this week's regular-season dress rehearsal. In theory, it's not a concern, but it's eye-brow raising for a player coming back from a torn ACL. The Cowboys desperately need Melton to be ready for Week 1. He's one of the only legitimate players in their front seven.
Aug 19 - 6:30 PM

Cowboys DT Henry Melton (groin) is going to be out at least a few days.

It doesn't sound like an overly serious pull even though Melton might sit out Saturday's preseason game. The good news is that his surgically-repaired ACL has held up fine throughout camp so far, a must for the Cowboys' anemic defense. Melton's backup is seventh-rounder Ken Bishop.
Aug 11 - 8:20 AM

Cowboys DT Henry Melton (ACL) avoided the active/PUP list.

Melton is more than 10 months removed from his tear. His ability to participate at the outset of camp -- even in a limited capacity -- is a fantastic sign that he'll be able to contribute to a desperate Cowboys defensive front in Week 1. Melton has some deep IDP sleeper appeal as he transitions into the old Jason Hatcher 3-technique role, a spot that produced 11 sacks last year.
Jul 28 - 8:16 AM

Cowboys DT Henry Melton (ACL surgery) is expected to be cleared for the beginning of camp.

According to reporter David Moore, the Cowboys aren't expecting any "red flags" with Melton's Wednesday physical. That was expected all along, but is still much-needed news for the Cowboys' undermanned defensive line. Melton is now 10 months removed from tearing his left ACL.
Jul 22 - 10:55 PM

Cowboys DT Henry Melton (ACL surgery) expects to be ready for the start of training camp.

Melton is sitting out OTAs, but remains on track to be cleared when the Cowboys report to camp in late July. Tyrone Crawford, Terrell McClain, and Amobi Okoye will get extended looks at the three-technique spot. Seventh-round pick Ken Bishop has been getting the majority of snaps at nose tackle.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jun 6 - 6:19 PM

ESPN's Louis Riddick heard DT Henry Melton's ACL recovery was "behind schedule" before he signed with the Cowboys.

Riddick believes it's "sounding more and more" like that's indeed the case, as Melton's FA market was surprisingly quiet relative to his resume, while he's being withheld from all pre-camp activities. The Cowboys are banking on a lot of injury red flags to turn their defense around, including Melton, DL Tyrone Crawford (Achilles), DE Anthony Spencer (knee), and MLB Sean Lee (neck).
May 27 - 10:58 AM

Cowboys DT Henry Melton (ACL surgery) will be held out of all pre-training camp activities.

He is expected to be cleared when the Cowboys head to Oxnard (CA) in late July. The missed time shouldn't hurt Melton much because he's so familiar with DC Rod Marinelli's scheme. Melton is likely to start at three technique in Week 1, though he will face competition from Tyrone Crawford and Amobi Okoye.
May 26 - 4:20 PM

The criminal charges against Cowboys DT Henry Melton have been dropped.

Melton was accused of biting a Texas bar owner in the kidney in December. He was charged with misdemeanor assault and public intoxication. The two sides reached an agreement and the case has been dismissed. Melton shouldn't face any league discipline. He'll hold down the three-technique spot this season.
May 21 - 2:58 PM

Cowboys DT Henry Melton (knee) is participating partially in this week's minicamp.

Melton tore his ACL in September, allowing the Cowboys to sign him on an extremely team-friendly contract structure. He's doing some drills, a sign that he'll be near a full-go in time for training camp. The Cowboys desperately need Melton to regain form as they're paper-thin across the defensive line.
May 7 - 12:29 PM

The Dallas Morning News reports the lawsuit over assault claims against Cowboys DT Henry Melton has been dropped.

Melton was being sued for more than $1 million from his public intoxication and assault arrest on December 23. He still faces a misdemeanor charge as a result of the incident. A hearing for the criminal case is scheduled for next week.
Apr 18 - 8:18 PM

Coach Jason Garrett said it's "reasonable" to expect to see Henry Melton (knee) on the field sometime this spring and certainly for training camp.

Melton underwent surgery for a torn ACL in October and may not be ready for OTAs. However, he should see the field some during minicamp and be all systems go for training camp this summer. Melton's rehab is on schedule, and he recently signed a team-friendly deal to serve as Dallas' new three-technique pass rusher. Finding a nose tackle to pair with Melton is a top priority.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mar 26 - 5:02 PM

Cowboys DT Henry Melton's contract with Dallas can range from as little as a one-year, $2.25 million pact to a four-year, $29 million deal.

The structure is extremely team friendly, suggesting Melton was discouraged by his market. The only guaranteed money is a $1 million signing bonus. Melton can earn up to $5 million in 2014 via per-game roster bonuses and incentives. The Cowboys will have a big decision to make on Melton next offseason. If they exercise a $1,000 "option bonus" in March of 2015, they'll guarantee Melton a $9 million base salary and lock him up through the 2017 season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mar 21 - 3:31 PM

FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports Henry Melton's deal is a one-year contract that turns into a four-year agreement if he's on the Cowboys' roster the first day of the 2015 league year.

Per Garafolo, more guaranteed money will also kick in if Melton survives the first day of the next league year. It's creative structuring that could pan out in a big way for Dallas if Melton bounces back from his torn ACL for a strong 2014.
Mar 18 - 10:29 PM

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