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Henry Melton leaves Bears, joins Cowboys

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melt(69) moves sack Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) during first half an NFL football

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton (69) moves in to sack Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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Updated: March 19, 2014 11:55AM

Henry Melton said his goodbyes to Chicago on Twitter. And announced he’ll be joining the Dallas Cowboys after looking at multiple teams in free agency.

“Thank you chicago for the best 5 years of my life!,” Melton wrote on Twitter Tuesday night. “I can’t wait to begin the next chapter of my life… With a star on my helmet.”

Melton, 27, visited the Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks after free agency opened. His odds of staying with the Bears as the days passed and others were signed. The Bears brought back veteran defensive lineman Israel Idonije on a one-year deal earlier Tuesday.

Melton leaves the Bears after five seasons. He was Pro Bowler in 2012, but spent most of last season on injured reserve with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament. Melton played under $8.45 million franchise tag in 2013.

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