Henry Melton to visit Vikings

Bears free agent defensive tackle Henry Melton will visit the Minnesota Vikings tomorrow and has drawn interest from multiple teams.

The Minnesota Vikings and free agent defensive tackle Henry Melton will visit tomorrow afternoon, according to multiple reports. Melton has also received considerable interest from the Dallas Cowboys, who made a strong push for him yesterday.

Melton is coming off an ACL tear and it's likely most of his suitors will want his knee examined by team physicians. We are told Melton has drawn interest from multiple teams beyond the Cowboys and Vikings. If satisfied with the health of his knee, one of those clubs could toss a lot of money in Melton's direction, which the Chicago Bears won't be able to match. As of midnight last night, the team still resided in the bottom five in the league in salary cap space ($8.2 million).

The visit with the Vikings is interesting, as Minnesota yesterday signed former Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph and drafted Sharrif Floyd in the first round of last year's draft.

The newest Bears defensive lineman, Lamarr Houston, was Melton's teammate at the University of Texas.

"I've talked to Henry, I've spoken to him," Houston said at his introductory press conference today. "He's a good friend of mine. I'm doing everything I can to convince him to stay here with me and put in work."

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