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Henry Melton will play out year on franchise tag

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In 2012, the Bears and running back Matt Forte reached agreement on a long-term deal just before the deadline for players with franchise tags to sign such contracts with their teams.

It doesn’t look like history will be repeating itself with defensive tackle Henry Melton. Ed Werder of ESPN reports that there will be no multi-year pact for Melton by Monday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline and that he will play out the year for the $8.45 million he guaranteed himself by signing his franchise tender earlier this offseason.

Melton said recently that there’s been some “chatter” between the team and his agent about a longer deal, but it seems that chatter never developed to the point where the two sides could agree on the framework for an extension of their working relationship. If things remain that way for the next few hours, Melton will be set to become a free agent again after the season.

With 13 sacks over the last two seasons from the interior of the line and an ideal mix of size and speed for the defensive tackle position, Melton will have a good chance to cash in with another productive season for the Bears. Whether or not he’d be cashing in for the Bears will wind being a question for next offseason, however.

UPDATE 11:02 a.m. ET: Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune spoke to Melton, who confirmed that he won’t be signing a long-term deal before the deadline.

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7 Responses to “Henry Melton will play out year on franchise tag”
  1. kabasaman says: Jul 15, 2013 11:18 AM

    He’s got to produce…Will see what he does. I think it’s a smart move by Emery.

  2. larryboodry says: Jul 15, 2013 11:21 AM

    They’ll get it done next year.

  3. pdidit09 says: Jul 15, 2013 11:34 AM

    He will be a Dallas Cowboy next year. He will reunite with his Defensive Coordinator.

  4. chi01town says: Jul 15, 2013 12:09 PM

    I hope he’s still on the team next season. a lot of signing going on next season.. Cutler, Tillman, Jennings, Wootton, Major Wright, and now Melton too

  5. unbiasfan says: Jul 15, 2013 1:59 PM

    As a Vikings fan, I expect this guy to destroy the Green Packer’s depleted offensive line for 2 games this year

  6. honkeyt says: Jul 15, 2013 2:00 PM

    If this guy produces, Oakland can give this guy more money than anyone next year and interior linemen is a dire need. If Oakland wants him they will get him. The can have upwards to $70 in cap space. If it is about the loot this dude could very well be a Raider next year.

  7. qbofthenever says: Jul 15, 2013 2:46 PM

    Keep him hungry and tag him again…that works for me.

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