Dallas Cowboys

Henry Melton visiting with Bucs

Defensive tackle Henry Melton (69) celebrates in a game against the Titans last season.
Defensive tackle Henry Melton (69) celebrates in a game against the Titans last season. Star-Telegram

Cowboys defensive tackle Henry Melton has traveled to Tampa to meet with the Buccaneers.

Last month the Cowboys declined to pick up the three-year, $24 million option on his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent.

The Grapevine product spent one season in Dallas after signing as a free agent a year ago. The Cowboys did not have an interest in re-signing him.

Melton, 28, had 10 tackles, five sacks and 17 quarterback pressures in 16 games and three starts. Melton, who made $2.36 million last season, ended the year on injured reserve with a bone bruise to his right knee.

Melton made the Pro Bowl in 2012 in Chicago while playing for Lovie Smith, now the head coach of the Bucs, and Rod Marinelli, now the Cowboys defensive coordinator. He tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in Week 3 of the 2013 season.

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