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Cowboys won’t pick up Melton’s contract option

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Henry Melton will become a free agent on March 10 after the club declines to pick up contract option.
Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Henry Melton will become a free agent on March 10 after the club declines to pick up contract option. Star-Telegram

Henry Melton’s option is not going to be picked up by the Dallas Cowboys, his agent Jordan Woy announced on Twitter.

The Cowboys had until Sunday to let Melton know whether they would pick up a three-year option in his contract, which would have guaranteed him $9 million in 2015 and signed him through 2017. The Grapevine High and University of Texas product could still re-sign with the Cowboys as a free agent, something he said he’d be open to at the end of the season.

In a text message, Woy said: “We are looking forward to free agency and will carefully consider all options.”

Not picking up the option was an expected move by the Cowboys, as Melton did not rekindle his 2012 Pro Bowl form by playing for his hometown team. Coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament that limited him to only three games with the Bears in 2013, Melton finished his first season with the Cowboys compiling five sacks, 10 tackles, a forced fumble and 17 quarterback pressures, according to the coaches’ stats.

Melton’s sacks, though, all came in the first nine games and he didn’t register another one in the final seven regular-season games. He suffered a bone bruise in his knee during the regular-season finale at Washington, which kept him out of the playoffs.

Melton, 28, is now a free agent for the second time in as many seasons.

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @drewdavison

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