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.
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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.
Drew Davison, 817-390-7760