- Tom Carpenter, Fantasy and Insider
Defensive tackle Henry Melton is on the verge of becoming a free agent. He and the Chicago Bears had some contract talks during the season, but they have yet to work out a deal. New defensive coordinator Mel Tucker uses a Tampa 2 scheme similar to what Lovie Smith used, so Melton should still fit into their long-term plans if they can come to terms on a new deal.
However, if Melton ends up hitting the free-agent market, ESPNDallas.com's Tim MacMahon thinks the Dallas Cowboys should make a strong push to land the DT:
"They know defensive tackle Henry Melton is a great fit for the Tampa 2 scheme, having seen him tear it up for Rod Marinelli’s Chicago defense the last two seasons. (Just pop in the tape from the Bears’ visit to JerryWorld this season.) ... If the Bears allow Melton to test the market, it’s easy to envision him coming back home to reunite with Marinelli. The Cowboys’ new defensive line coach helped Melton develop from a fourth-round project into a Pro Bowler during their three years together in Chicago."