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Henry Melton knows Bears’ 2014 offseason could be quite eventful

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News item: Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton is left to play out the 2013 season under the franchise tag after no agreement on a contract extension could be reached by the Monday deadline.

Future news item: Bears GM Phil Emery will be very, very busy next winter.

The Bears’ potential free agent list next offseason, per Rotoworld’s contract data, includes Melton (combined 13 sacks the last two seasons), quarterback Jay Cutler, safety Major Wright, placekicker Robbie Gould, center Roberto Garza and cornerbacks Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman.

In a story published Monday in the Chicago Tribune, Melton said he knows the Bears have a lot to weigh once the calendar hits 2014.

“There are a lot of decisions to be made, especially after this season,” Melton told the Tribune’s Vaughn McClure.

Further adding to the potential intrigue next offseason: wide receiver Brandon Marshall’s contract runs out after 2014.

Keeping the 26-year-old Melton for several more years would figure to be a Bears priority, especially some of their defensive stars on the wrong side of 30. The question is, will they be able to sign him to a multi-year deal if they choose not to give him the franchise tag once again?

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7 Responses to “Henry Melton knows Bears’ 2014 offseason could be quite eventful”
  1. mantastic54 says: Jul 15, 2013 11:58 PM

    They should be able to sign Melton, Cutler, and anyone else they want to, the cap hit is always low the first year. 2014 they should be in good shape cap wise, then they just need to get through 2015 and Peppers and Briggs will be off the books

  2. chi01town says: Jul 16, 2013 12:16 AM

    Emery should sign
    1. Cutler
    2. Jennings
    3. Melton
    4. Tilman
    In that order then focus on signing Marshall to keep him happy. and what ever you do dont let go of Peppers cause the Defense will need him.

  3. chi01town says: Jul 16, 2013 3:24 AM

    Cutler should be signed first, Emery has been the BEST thing that happend in Chicago since JORDAN.
    That said, sign your QB so as not to upset the NFL order of things. then I would sign Jennings, Melton, Tillman, Wright in that order. I know guys but dont completly forget about the defense. We will still have the Draft and free agent market to pick up a few peaces but the Bears dont need many.

  4. axespray says: Jul 16, 2013 6:32 AM

    Dudes are gonna have a ton of compensatory draft picks in 2015.

  5. isphet71 says: Jul 16, 2013 6:37 AM

    The Bears will be well set up to blow up the team and rebuild, which they probably should have done a while ago.

    After this year, they will be motivated to. All these contracts leaving the books will help them out.

  6. filthymcnasty1 says: Jul 16, 2013 7:44 AM

    Emery must be confident that no other teams will want their players.

  7. larryboodry says: Jul 17, 2013 7:57 PM

    I think this coming season will help the Bears determine which free agents to bring back in 2014…Cutler, Melton, Tillman, and Jennings should be locks to return, and probably Gould, too. Plus, there’s a bunch of new guys they just signed to one year deals…If Bostic and Greene show their potential this year, then DJ Williams and Anderson will not be re-signed. Not sure what Podlesh’s status will be, but I’d like to see Tress Way ultimately be the punter.

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