Free agent defensive tackle Henry Melton, who visited the Seahawks last week, has instead signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Melton Tweeted the news himself a little while ago:
Thank you chicago for the best 5 years of my life!…. I can't wait to begin the next chapter of my life… With a star on my helmet.
— Henry Melton (@HenMel) March 19, 2014
Contract details aren’t known quite yet, but NFL.com notes that it’s likely the Cowboys got Melton at a discounted rate since he’s coming off an ACL injury and also has some unresolved legal issues. This story notes that it’s a one-year deal with an option.
Melton is also from Fort Worth and played at Texas (alongside Earl Thomas for a while) so returning home likely also played a role.
If Melton really did take something a little less from the Cowboys then might have been expected, it could be another sign of Seattle’s fiscal restraint in this free agent period, as the Seahawks appear to really be holding the purse strings, knowing there are big moves ahead in future years.
Dallas also pursuing DE Jared Allen, and the common assumption now is that the Cowboys would be unlikely (or unable) to sign Allen now.
Allen also visited the Seahawks over the weekend, but is also reported to have some other visits on tap:
One more Cowboys note: DE Jared Allen unlikely to sign with Dallas after visiting today, per source. Other teams in play. Still developing.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 19, 2014
And here’s one update on what the Seahawks might be offering Allen:
Seahawks I'm told might just offer Jared Allen $4 million for one year.
— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) March 19, 2014