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Henry Melton visiting Buccaneers to team up with Gerald McCoy

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

So here's a big one: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are bringing in Henry Melton for a visit, Jenna Laine reports. You may remember Melton from being one of the best young three-technique defensive tackles when he played for Lovie Smith in 2011 and 2012, before tearing his ACL in 2013.

Melton signed with the Dallas Cowboys last year and had a pretty good season, even as he was struggling with rehab and other injuries. The defensive tackle put up five sacks in limited time, starting just three games over the entire season. He wasn't quite his explosive old self, but he was still a valuable rotational player -- and there's a chance that, one year removed from surgery, he'll find a way to make an impact again.

If the 6'3", 280 lbs comes to Tampa, it won't be as a starter. That's Gerald McCoy's job, and Melton may not be fit to play nose tackle. Instead, I'd expect him to be a pass-rush specialist and to rotate with McCoy, whose snap count was a little too high at times last year. As a third defensive tackle behind Clinton McDonald and McCoy, Melton could wreak havoc in the right situations.