Melton to Dallas?

Melton to Dallas?
February 13, 2013, 11:30 am
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Henry Melton will likely be the Bears' most coveted free agent. The former University of Texas star is entering his prime and has already played at a Pro Bowl level.

In many ways, Melton should still have plenty of room to improve his style of play. He's spent four years in the NFL and has started 29 of the 45 games he's dressed for.

Melton could easily appear attractive to a wide variety of coaching and scouting staffs. He weighs in at about 295 pounds, which is relatively light for most defensive tackles in the league.

Even though Melton's had success playing defensive tackle, it wouldn't be surprising if there are organizations out there that might take the risk of playing him outside the end. Remember, he was a running back when he began his collegiate career at Texas and he has good athletic ability and great feet for a big guy.

If there's one team that could interest Melton, it may be the Dallas Cowboys. He's from the area and the Cowboys are switching to the Tampa-2 scheme that Melton already experienced success in under former Bears head coach Lovie Smith.

Plus, former Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is now the defensive line coach in Dallas, and he and Melton have kept in contact throughout the offseason and maintain a strong relationship. Melton has great respect for Marinelli and credits him for much of his growth as a player.

The Cowboys have decisions to make on their defensive line with a system change that might open the door even further in terms of interesting Melton. He would fit perfectly with what Dallas is trying to do as he's already succeeded with the system.

It's not out of the question that Melton returns to the Bears, but he will definitely draw interest from around the league. Keeping Melton in Chicago should be a top priority for Bears GM Phil Emery.