There are many words that you can use to describe the 2013 Dallas Cowboys’ defense. Awful, terrible and horrendous are just a few, but none of those words describe just how bad they really were. It was the worst defensive performance in the history of the franchise. They set records for most yards given up in a game twice in the span of three weeks. Now Dallas must address how to fix the defense. It has two options; through the draft or through free agency.
While the draft is still a couple of months away, free agency is right around the corner. When free agency begins on March 11, who might be on the Cowboys’ wish list? One player that has been gaining a lot of attention is DT Henry Melton, but would he be a good fit for Dallas?
Melton, who spent his first six seasons with the Chicago Bears, has ties both to Texas and to defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. Melton grew up in Dallas and played college ball at the University of Texas. Melton also played for Marinelli for three seasons when he was the defensive coordinator in Chicago.
One of the Cowboys’ biggest weaknesses last season was the defensive line, and they could possibly lose both Jason Hatcher and Anthony Spencer to free agency. Given Dallas’ need and Melton’s ties to Texas and Marinelli, some believe it is a slam dunk that Dallas should go after him. I, on the other hand, believe that would be a big mistake.
Dallas is in its current mess for two reasons: paying older players and paying injured players. Melton is only 27, but would probably want a three or four year deal which would push him past the age of 30. He is also coming off of an ACL injury which means he most likely will not be 100 percent when the season begins.
However, there is an even bigger reason I do not endorse signing Melton. I believe if Dallas is ever going to get out of the mediocre state that it is in, it is going to come through the draft. Adding Henry Melton to the Dallas defense would be like putting makeup on a pig. It might look a little better from afar, but it would still be a pig.