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Henry Melton signing with Cowboys

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Free agent defensive tackle Henry Melton has left the Bears to join the Dallas Cowboys.

Free agent defensive tackle Henry Melton has left the Bears to join the Dallas Cowboys.

Henry Melton
The 6-3, 280-pounder broke the news on his Twitter account Tuesday evening, tweeting: "Thank you Chicago for the best five years of my life! I can't wait to begin the next chapter of my life ... with a star on my helmet."

Melton grew up near Dallas in Grapevine, Texas, and attended the University of Texas. Selected in the fourth round of the 2009 draft, Melton had a breakout year in his first season as a starter in 2011 when he recorded a career-high seven sacks.

Melton was then voted to his first Pro Bowl in 2012 after registering 33 tackles with six sacks, five tackles-for-loss, a team-high 24 quarterback pressures and two forced fumbles.

Melton was then plagued by injuries in 2013. He sat out a month after suffering a concussion in the preseason opener and then tore his ACL in a Week 3 win over the Steelers.

In Dallas, Melton will reunite with Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, who served as Melton's position coach with the Bears from 2009-12.

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