The Dallas Cowboys reached an agreement with former Bears DT Henry Melton Tuesday night.
Melton’s contract is interesting given that the Cowboys can walk away from the deal after one year, or they can keep him on their roster at the start of the 2015 season, which turns the agreement into a four-year deal.
- According Ian Rapoport, Melton will make $5 million for the 2014 season.
- If he’s still on their roster at the start of the 2015 league year, three years will be added to his contract.
- Assuming the Cowboys keep him beyond 2014, Melton will make $8 million per year and $9 million guaranteed in 2015, according to Rapoport.
- Melton’s deal can essentially become a four-year contract worth $29 million that includes $14 million guaranteed.
Assuming Melton is able to convince the Cowboys to keep him around following the 2014 season, his contract would come close to Michael Bennett‘s agreement with the Seahawks.
- Michael Bennett: four years, $32M total, $8M APY, $16M guaranteed.
- Henry Melton: four years, $29M total, $7.25M APY, $14M guaranteed.
- Jason Hatcher: four years, $27.5M total, $6.875M APY, $10.5M guaranteed.
Melton was considered one of the better interior lineman in the league after posting 13 sacks combined in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. However, Melton’s value took a hit after he tore his ACL in the third game of the 2013 season.
At least he has an opportunity to cash in by putting together a strong season for the Cowboys, who really need some help at defensive tackle.