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Updated: March 12th, 2014 1:35pm
Defensive tackle Henry Melton will visit the Vikings on Thursday

Defensive tackle Henry Melton will visit the Vikings on Thursday

by Andrew Krammer
1500ESPN.com
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Chicago Bears free agent defensive tackle Henry Melton is scheduled to visit the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, 1500ESPN.com contributor Darren Wolfson confirmed.

Melton, 27, reached the Pro Bowl in 2012 and could serve as depth along the Vikings defensive line at the three-technique spot, where second-year DT Sharrif Floyd is expected to start. Melton appeared in three games last season before tearing his ACL in his left knee, which was surgically repaired on Oct. 8. 

The Vikings aren't alone in inquiring into Melton. The Dallas Cowboys, who recently cut DeMarcus Ware, are also in need of rebuilding their defensive line and reportedly have 'serious interest' in Melton, who is a Texas native. 

The Vikings signed nose tackle Linval Joseph in their first move of free agency on Tuesday. Joseph, Floyd, Chase Baker and Kheeston Randall are the only defensive tackles under contract in 2014. Kevin Williams and Fred Evans officially became free agents on Tuesday and Letroy Guion was cut last week. 

The Vikings defense finished 16th against the run last season, allowing more than 110 rushing yards per game. 

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for 1500ESPN.com. He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
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