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Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on March 14, 2014 at 11:11 am with 60 Comments »
March 14, 2014 11:18 am

Multiple reports this morning that defensive tackle Henry Melton is visiting the Seahawks today.

Melton, 27, tore his ACL last season in late September and was out for the rest of the year. The Chicago Bears had used the franchise tag on him in 2012 after he had 44 tackles and six sacks in 14 games.

Melton was also arrested right around last Christmas after being involved in a bizarre incident where he was accused of biting a bar owner in Grapevine, Texas, where he grew up. He was asked to leave a bar and became violent, according to the report.

DT Vance Walker is also reportedly visiting the Seahawks.

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  1. kurtthekraut says:

    Melton could be a very nice addition. * Fingers crossed.

  2. doubledink says:

    can you imagine how pissed Bears fans would be?
    about as pissed as TB fans were last year when Bennett signed.

  3. revpetermohr says:

    Would this be a Red Bryant replacement? Sounds like a pretty shrewd move. By the way, ask me to leave the bar and I start biting everyone around me. It’s a thing.

  4. freedom_X says:

    Sounds more like a Clinton McDonald replacement if healthy. Here’s where the Super Bowl shine might realistically help (as opposed to the vain hope that superstar players will sign for pennies on the dollar.)

    Melton might be up for taking a 1 year “show the world” contract at a reasonable price to prove he’s 100% healthy.

    Seattle has already demonstrated it’s a good place for players to showcase their talent and parley it into a bigger deal later.

    It helps Seattle because it buys more time for young projects like Hill and Williams to develop.

  5. Either of these guys would be terrific.

    What kind of a grown man bites somebody? Weird.

  6. DreadHawks says:

    Waiting for that Jared Allen tweet. I know it’s coming.

  7. jchawks08 says:

    Yea, would LOVE to have Jared Allen on this team. Is he looking for a multi-year deal, or would he be content with a 1 year contract? Anyone have any insight? I’d say we can do 1 year, but definitely can’t commit to more than that due to the massive amounts of huge money due to our players a year from now. Rent him like the 9ers rented Sanders during their last SB run.

  8. montanamike2 says:

    When i was in the first grade, my mom gave me a pencil with colored bands all over it, it seemed quite unique. I went to the bathroom and when i returned i saw another kid with my pencil, at the time it seemed quite logical to bite his finger and wouldn’t stop until the teacher came in and pulled me off and his finger was bleeding while he cried. The teacher asked me why i did it and i told her that he stole my pencil. She then pointed out that my pencil was still on top of my desk a couple rows over and that the other kid had the same pencil as me, sure enough there it was. My bad. I went to many different schools as a kid, i remember my father telling me that i was catholic on the way to the last school that would take me. I’m not catholic but i had to pretend. Don’t judge someone for being a “biter”.

  9. Southendzone says:

    Montana mike with blog post of the week. Great story

  10. montanamike2 says:
  11. edstang45 says:

    Only in Montana…Bite me…lol
    Don’t know much about these two guys but if JS says sign em im all in

  12. If I were to be blindsided I think I would rather be punched than bit. Call me a germ-phoebe but diseases can be transferred from a bite.

    Most likely he was drunk and drunken dummies are not known for making smart/logical choices. Hopefully he learned his lesson. The saddest part of the story is not him biting someone. But that he was at a bar on Christmas instead of being home with family.

  13. doubledink says:

    jawpeace, I don’t think they let 1st graders get drunk… badaboom!

  14. Henry Melton (aka the biter)…..

    3. Henry Melton

    2013 Grade: -6.4
    2013 Snaps: 125

    Summary: Henry Melton is one year removed from production similar to Jason Hatcher. In 2012 Melton was first among defensive tackles in Run Stop Percentage (11.6) and fifth in Pass Rushing Productivity (7.7). That one year period between could not have gone any worse than it did though. It started with Melton getting franchise tagged when he could have easily broken the bank. He then started the season playing downright awful football. The Bears’ defensive tackle managed a paltry two pressures in 72 pass rushing snaps for a pass rushing productivity of 2.1. He also had the league’s worst run defense grade at -4.8 before he tore his ACL in week three against Pittsburgh. To top it all off Melton got arrested in December for public intoxication and assault.

    Depending on how confident Melton is in his ability to return from his injury, he could be a solid candidate for a one year ‘prove it’ contract. Another season like 2012 could land him one of the top contracts at the position. At just 27 years old, he has quite a few years ahead of him and could get a six-year deal if fully healthy. Teams are always willing to throw cash at pass rushers though and I wouldn’t be surprised if someone takes a chance and gives Melton a sizable deal hoping he regains form.

  15. RDPoulsbo says:

    That is kind of crazy. O-linemen beware. That said, Melton would be a great addition and a 1 year prove it contract would keep cap issues in check and be a huge boost to the run defense. Remember when people were knocking the run D last year?

  16. What if he is actually a vampire?

  17. Because of the injury and bizzaro off field stuff, I am ok with Melton on a short contract only.

    The other guy (Vance Walker) seems like he might be worth a longer term contract.

  18. montanamike2 says:

    As long as he’s not the twilight kind.

  19. HawkfaninMT says:

    I feel like every one is very excited about these 1 year prove it deals. Why not sign him up for 5 years? He has proven to be one of the best at his position before injury, and this is a great chance to sign him for top 15 at his position cost… If he passes the medical, I say lock him up!!

  20. grizindabox24 says:

    Hawk, pretty simple. It is most likely that a team will not offer a very enticing multi-year deal and a player is better off signing a one year deal hoping to cash in next season.

  21. RDPoulsbo says:

    It’s a team built on youth with a big cap time bomb just around the corner in Sherman, Thomas, and Wilson. These 1 year prove it contracts are fairly cheap and keep the cap from blowing up if something goes bad.

    They’re committed to continually building through the draft, but when a position inevitably gets thin from longer than anticipated development of young guys, the 1 year deals help to build a bridge until the young guys are ready.

  22. HeinieHunter says:

    Two things are keeping me sane this week:

    My faith in John and Pete

    And the old adage ” The opera ain’t over until the fat lady sings!”

  23. Ray_Maines says:

    Apparently he was drunk and obnoxious and was asked to leave the bar. He got into a scuffle and bit the bar tender on the butt. That’s bad enough, but the bar tender was a man. I’m worried about this guys ability to make good decisions under pressure.

  24. Ray_Maines says:

    And I want Charlie Whitehurst’s agent to represent me next time I annoy my wife. Tennessee cut Ryan Fitzpatrick and signed CBJ to a 2 year 8M contract. WOW!!

  25. chuck_easton says:


    Perhaps Melton thought the male bartender was, you know, kinda cute? But you are correct, no means no! And unwanted butt biting of either gender can only be considered if both adults are in consent.

    Just keeping open all the possibilities here.

  26. Butt biting talk. LOL awesome.

  27. Singularitarian says:

    I bet he was drunk and thought it was a joke

  28. I suppose we could hit Ken Hamlin in the head or talk of Mike Tyson biting an ear?

  29. I cannot believe Whitehurst’s friggin luck, man. Dude is a multi millionaire for doing nothing noteworthy in the league besides signing for tons of money with 3 teams now. He really is Clipboard Jesus. It is down right embarrassing he makes ALOT more than Superbowl winning QB Russell Wilson.

    Wonder if the Jesus RW is always referring to in his tweets is Clipboard Jesus? Ha. Just kiddin around..

  30. The cost of doing business as Super Bowl Champs–
    What is “Variable Ticket Pricing?”

    Renton, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks have announced season ticket prices for 2014 will increase at a blended average just under 12%.

    The average price will increase $12, from $99 to $111 in 2014.

    “Seventy-percent of season ticket holders will see an increase between $3 – $11 per ticket,” said Seahawks president Peter McLoughlin. “In addition, approximately 10% of tickets are priced at or below the average lowest ticket price in the NFL.”

    The team will also introduce variable ticket pricing for the first time which will be finalized once the NFL schedule is released.

    “Through variable pricing, ticket prices will better reflect the value and demand for each game once the schedule is announced next month,” said McLoughlin.

    Individual game tickets will continue to be sold at a higher price, offering season ticket holders the greatest value for their Seahawks game tickets.

    Over the last two seasons, Seattle’s 15-1 home record is the best in the NFL and since 2003, the team has sold out 95 consecutive games, including playoffs.

    The team has 12,000 paid members on the Blue Pride Waitlist and 30,000 non-paid members on the Blue Pride Notification List.

    Season ticket holders will begin to receive renewal information in the next few days.

    For more information on season tickets, please visit or call 888/NFL-HAWK.

  31. Weirdbeard is terrible. It has always amazed me when teams give money to players who are proven losers. It’s like when the Minnesota Twins signed Kevin Correia last year for 2 years and $10 million. They signed a proven loser with no potential to be good and gave him $5 million/year to be a loser for them. Makes absolutely NO sense, but costs plenty of dollars.

  32. “Hi, I’m Charlie Whitehurst. Do you dream of wearing an NFL uniform? Would you like to be a milionaire? Ever wish you could see the games from the sidelines? Would you like to say you were in the NFL one day and have the money to show for it without actually ever playing in a game or taking a nasty hit from a linebacker? If this sounds like you then sign up for my 8-week program called ‘How to LOOK like an NFL QUARTERBACK without having to actually be one. Call now to receive a discount. You’ll pay just 3 easy installments of $4 million. Operators are standing by. I’m not just the president. I’m also a client.”

  33. rodman – It’s not because the Seahawks won the Super Bowl, many professional sports teams are starting to do this (Variable Ticket Pricing), at least I know plenty of MLB teams are doing it. I guess it’s the new thing.

  34. doubledink says:

    In a nutshell, the more desirable games will cost more.

  35. HawkfaninMT says:

    I understand the “prove it” deal process, why it works sometimes. In Bennett’s case, it made sense for him and team. Nobody is offering to a of bucks, the Hawks were a place for him to thrive, the team got him for a low cost 1st year and inside track for the re-up. But Bennett will not take a lowball long term deal.

    In Melton’s case, nobody is offering the big bucks, he could thrive with the Hawks… But maybe he is open to a long term deal. Gives him more security in case his knee doesn’t hold up more than two years.

    It’s a roll of the dice for sure, but man to lock up that talent for 5 years at cheap price could be the type of signing that builds a dynasty

  36. doubledink says:

    the only security he could expect would be a guaranteed contract, which he won’t be seeing.

  37. Dukeshire says:

    Steve Smith signs with Balt, so that can be out to rest.

  38. ChrisHolmes says:

    Tweets saying Baltimore had competition for Smith’s services, including Patriots and Seahawks.


    For 13 million in guaranteed money we could have had durable Tate back instead.

    I’m still frustrated, disappointed and confused by Seattle’s approach to Tate.

  39. freedom_X says:

    Whitehurst’s contract is more like $4 million total ($2 mil/yr.) If he hits all his incentives he could have 4 mil/yr. Apparently Whisenhunt believes Whitehurst has a good chance to be his starter. Too bad for Tennessee fans.

    But remember Whisenhunt was strongly interested in Whitehurst back at the beginning of the Carroll era and that’s why Seattle actually had to pay a rather high price to get Whitehurst.

  40. doubledink says:

    Schefter reporting BB agreed to a 3 year – $17M deal from the Pats. Good for him

  41. Browner 3 year 17 million

  42. Patriots may have a very good defense if it all works out for them. I wonder how much is guaranteed.

  43. Whats next for Thurmond?

  44. HawkyHann says:

    Start Carlie coming to Nashville,TN.

  45. HawkyHann says:


  46. bigmike04 says:

    Cross off Vance walker off the schedule to vist to seattle as just signed with KC Chiefs to a three-year deal worth as much as $13.75 million. The deal includes at least $3.75 million in guaranteed money.

  47. Variable pricing sucks. The M’s do it now too. For the usual awful Mariners game, the cheapest ticket is 8 bucks. When Felix is pitching, the cheapest ticket is 24 bucks.

  48. sluggo42 says:

    While Tate was a great Seahawk, how many times did he drive you nuts with one of his antics? The bye bye wave? The super important first down where he ran backwards for 5 yards to try to get free, but didn’t?

    Don’t misunderstand, I think he was good, but no other hawk gave me more upset than he did. We will be fine without him, especially if we draft a killer new possession WR that excells

  49. mindnbrad says:

    montanamike….one of the funniest stories i’ve heard. hilarious.

  50. montanamike2 says:

    Thanks, true story.

  51. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Good for Browner! A great opportunity to cash in before he gets old.

    I still can’t get enough of this play-

  52. Southendzone says:

    Browner’s deal surprises me, didn’t think he could pull that! Anxious to see the structure, guarantees etc..

    Super happy for him though, I hope NE beats up the Broncos this year

  53. Georgia – I agree (Sherman).

  54. I heard on NFL Network that the Hawks are thought to be frontrunners for Jermichael Finley. I would think a one year, prove it deal. Could spell trouble for Miller. Especially with McCoy back and being a very good blocking TE.

  55. freedom_X says:

    Ian Rappaport says Finley has settled on Seattle and has cancelled all his other visits.

    They are waiting on his future medical reports – the vertebrae have not fused yet, so all is on hold until that checks out, according to Rappaport.

  56. Tate waiving was the most overblown incident in NFL history. He waived. Waived! Not exactly the crime of the century.

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