Melton reunited with former defensive coordinator Marinelli.
The Dallas Cowboys have reached an agreement with former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton, signing him on a one-year deal.
Melton is reunited with former defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli after spending three years together in Chicago, and has insisted that he is excited about working with him again and “getting back my Pro Bowl form”.
It is understood that the deal is for one year with a team option for three more years, with the Cowboys having to make the decision at the end of this season otherwise Melton becomes a free agent, according to ESPN.
The 27-year-old featured in just three games last season after suffering a torn left anterior cruciate ligament against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he was visiting teams this week and is said to have chosen the Cowboys over the likes of the St Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks.
Melton was named to the Pro Bowl in 2012 and has posted 15.5 career sacks and 71 tackles including nine stops for lost yardage.
Having lost Jason Hatcher to the Washington Redskins last week, it was seen as vital that the Cowboys moved to replace him with Melton now joining both Jeremy Mincey and Terrell McClain as new recruits this off-season.
Bears general manager Phil Emery was understood to be keen on re-signing Melton but voiced his concern that he felt as though Melton had an issue with commitment to football.
As a result they allowed him to leave following an arrest in December for assault and public intoxication, and will now move forward without him as Melton looks ahead to his new challenge back in Dallas.