Melton says his knee will be fine

Newly signed Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Henry Melton said he's on target to be ready for training camp as he recovers from surgery on his left knee.

While playing for the Chicago Bears last season, Melton suffered a torn ACL in a Week 3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Melton visited several NFL teams during the free-agency period and doctors said his health looks fine.

"Everywhere we went, and all the doctors who seen it, said it looks great," Melton said in a conference call with Dallas-area reporters on Wednesday. "I should be ready to go by training camp."

Melton's health is a partial reason why he received a one-year contract where he can earn as much as $5 million in 2014. If Melton struggles in 2014, whether it's because of his health or poor play, the Cowboys have protected themselves. The team has an option at the end of the 2014 season, where if picked up, it gives Melton three additional years and an average salary of $9 million.

Melton said he agreed to the deal because he thought it was fair and his play would speak volumes.

"That's something that I believe, I can do," he said. "Just buckle down and get physically and mentally ready and play my butt off and just be ready to go."