The Cowboys have lost another one of their defensive players to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Defensive tackle Henry Melton is going to the Bucs, ending his brief one-year tenure with the Cowboys. He’ll join ex-Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter, who agreed to a four-year deal with Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
The Cowboys were never expected to re-sign Melton after an underwhelming season led them to decline a three-year, $24 million option in his contract last month. Melton announced the decision on Twitter on Thursday, displaying a text exchange he had with Tampa Bay’s All-Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. Melton’s agent, Jordan Woy, also announced the one-year deal.
Melton, a Pro Bowler in 2012, never rekindled his past form in his lone season with 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, the 28-year-old Grapevine High and University of Texas product, now goes to a team whose head coach – Lovie Smith – was his head coach in Chicago during his Pro Bowl season.
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