Cowboys acquire free agent DT Henry Melton

Cowboys acquire free agent DT Henry Melton

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Henry Melton #69 of the Chicago Bears rushes against Brandon Fusco #63 of the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on November 25, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 28-10. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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by LANDON HAAF

WFAA Sports

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 18 at 9:23 PM

The Cowboys have reportedly agreed to terms with free agent defensive tackle Henry Melton.

Melton (@HenMel) tweeted earlier Tuesday:

"Thank you chicago for the best 5 years of my life!.... I can't wait to begin the next chapter of my life... With a star on my helmet."

Sources told WFAA's Joe Trahan that the team is still working out terms of Melton's contract, but ESPN reports that it is a one-year deal with an option.

Melton will be reunited with Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. Marinelli was the Bears' defensive coordinator for three of Melton's four seasons in Chicago.

Melton, 28, is four years younger than former Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher, who left for the division rival Washington Redskins last week.

The 2012 Pro Bowler was born in Fort Worth and attended Grapevine High School. He has recorded 15.5 sacks in his career. He played just three games in 2013 before a knee injury ended his season.

Melton was arrested at a Grapevine bar in December after allegedly scuffling with employees at the establishment. The owner of Chill claimed that Melton bit him during the melee.

Melton was in St. Louis visiting the Rams when he made his announcement on Twitter. He also visited with the Vikings and Seahawks before deciding to play in North Texas.

Tune into WFAA's 10 p.m. newscast for the latest on the Melton signing.

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