DT Melton visiting with Seahawks


Free-agent defensive tackle Henry Melton, who made the Pro Bowl in 2012 with the Chicago Bears, is in Seattle on Friday to talk to the Seahawks, ESPN's Josina Anderson first reported.

Melton (6-3, 295) missed most of the 2013 season after tearing an ACL in September. The University of Texas product was a fourth-round draft pick of the Bears in 2009.

If he's healthy, Melton would be a strong addition to the interior defense of the Seahawks and help make up for the loss of Clinton McDonald, who signed with Tampa Bay earlier this week. Melton also met with Minnesota Vikings officials Thursday.

There is one red flag that has popped up on Melton. He is also at the center of a lawsuit resulting from a bar altercation where he is alleged to have bitten the restaurant owner.

Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV released a surveillance video Wednesday from a Dec. 23 arrest in a Grapevine, Texas, restaurant and sports bar.

Melton allegedly bit through the skin of establishment owner Donald Payne near his kidney, according to Payne's attorney Darren Wolf. It took four people to remove Melton from the bar just before 2 a.m.

"When he was asked to leave, his belligerence and unruliness turned into violence," Wolf told WFAA.

Melton, who graduated from Grapevine High School (a suburb northwest of Dallas) was arrested and charged with assault and public intoxication.