Cowboys deal with Henry Melton for one guaranteed season
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/19/14) The Cowboys' deal with defensive lineman Henry Melton is expected to become official in the coming days, after he agreed to join the team Tuesday following an injury-riddled final season with the Bears.
According to The Dallas Morning News report Tuesday, the deal includes just one guaranteed year worth $5 million for 2014, coming off a season in which he played just three games before suffering a torn ACL. If Melton makes it through the year and is still on the Cowboys' roster by the first say of the league year in 2015, an extension will kick in worth an average of $8 million over three seasons, including $9 million guaranteed in the first year.
Melton had 13 sacks in 2011 and 2012 combined, and likely would have been looking at a much larger deal had he not suffered the injury.
Henry Melton close to signing with Cowboys
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/18/14) The Cowboys have a number of glaring holes on the defensive side of the ball, and they appear close to filling at least on Tuesday. According to ESPN.com, the Cowboys are nearing agreement with free agent defensive lineman Henry Melton on a multi-year deal, the financial terms of which are not yet known.
Melton played in just three games in 2013 due to a torn ACL. He had 13 sacks in his previous two seasons.
Will Herring joins Cowboys
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/13/14) The Cowboys agreed to terms on a contract with free-agent linebacker Will Herring Thursday, though terms of the deal are not yet known. Herring appeared in all 16 of the Saints' games last season, recording 13 tackles and one interception.
The report says Claiborne has been a major disappointment in his two seasons after being selected at No. 6 overall in the NFL Draft. Since then, Claiborne has just two interceptions, 14 pass breakups and 17 weeks spent on the injury report.
He has fallen behind Orlando Scandrick as the third corner, and the report says the Cowboys should consider trading Claiborne for a third-round pick.
Suggs deal could impact DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (2/18/14) The contract extension Terrell Suggs signed with the Ravens could be beneficial to the Cowboys and DeMarcus Ware, reports ESPN.
The Ravens and Suggs agreed on a contract extension that will significantly lower his $12.8 million salary-cap figure. He was set to make a $7.8 million base salary in the final year of his deal.
Ware is set to make a $12.25 million base salary and count $16.003 million against the cap. He is technically signed through 2017, but the final two years of the contract will void so he will be a free agent after the 2015 season.
The report says the extension the Ravens gave Suggs could serve as something of a blueprint for the Cowboys. Needing salary-cap space, the Cowboys cannot have Ware count $16 million against the cap.