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DT Melton picks a team, and it's Dallas, not Vikings

Posted by: Mark Craig under NFC Updated: March 18, 2014 - 7:55 PM

Former Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton, who visited the Vikings last week, has tweeted (@HenMel) that he's joining the Dallas Cowboys. Here's what he said at @HenMel:

"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."

The Vikings, one of multiple teams the Melton visited, wanted the 2012 Pro Bowler to add depth and a pass rushing presence at the three-technique tackle spot. Sharrif Floyd, by virtue of being the 23rd overall pick a year ago, is the presumed starter, which most likely played a role in Melton's decision to move on from his visit to Winter Park late last week.

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