A league source tells ESPN that former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton is visiting the Vikings on Thursday. Melton, 27, joined the Bears in 2010 and amassed 84 combined tackles and 15.5 sacks in his first three years; but suffered a season-ending knee injury three games into 2013 season.
The Dallas Morning News says the Dallas Cowboys are seriously interested in Melton as well. The paper says Melton reached the Pro Bowl in 2012 under the Bears' then-defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, who is now the defensive coordinator with the Cowboys.
The Morning News says Melton was paid $8.5 million last year as the Bears' franchised player.
Word of the Vikings' interest comes as two former Vikings defensive stars – Jared Allen and Kevin Williams – continue to look for work on the free agent market.
Williams indicated in an interview with the Pioneer Press that he would consider a return to the Vikings, but Allen is still examining his options.
One other option Allen may be mulling is retirement, KFAN says.