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Henry Melton’s ACL is indeed torn

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At least the Bears didn’t have time for false hope.

As we mentioned this morning, the initial fear was that defensive tackle Henry Melton had suffered a torn ACL late in last night’s win over the Steelers.

That fear was confirmed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who said the injury will cost Melton the rest of the season.

It could also cost him much more than that.

The 26-year-old was playing this season under the $8.45 million franchise tag. After not getting a long-term deal from the Bears this offseason, his hope was to parlay another strong year into a payday next offseason.

Now, it’s hard to imagine anybody giving anything close to the kind of guaranteed money he deserves to a guy coming off a season-ending injury.

It’s the reason players hate the franchise tag so much, essentially the worst-case scenario for those employees.

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34 Responses to “Henry Melton’s ACL is indeed torn”
  1. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 23, 2013 12:24 PM

    Wow. This is a tough blow. Sorry Chicago.

    Get well soon Henry.

  2. ohiobears says: Sep 23, 2013 12:26 PM

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

  3. craigkintexas says: Sep 23, 2013 12:29 PM

    Hook ‘em Henry! Hope you have a speedy recovery. Anyone who has followed Henry knows his abilities. He’ll get a great contract offer.

  4. pathsovglory says: Sep 23, 2013 12:29 PM

    Condolences Bears fans

  5. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 23, 2013 12:31 PM

    That sucks.

    >

  6. earpaniac says: Sep 23, 2013 12:36 PM

    Crap

  7. westampa says: Sep 23, 2013 12:44 PM

    At least he has 8.42 mil guaranteed.

  8. Slim Charles says: Sep 23, 2013 12:46 PM

    This is why you hold out. Proving yourself under the franchise tag is good for appeasing fans who don’t understand that football is a business, but not much else.

  9. shayeezy says: Sep 23, 2013 12:47 PM

    how can you not be a fan of a former runningback playing defensive tackle? guy is a beast and i hope his recovery goes as smoothly as possible.

  10. jazsrt says: Sep 23, 2013 12:47 PM

    Hate to see this happen to such a talented player.

    Hopefully Collins can step up.

  11. zzr600guy says: Sep 23, 2013 12:49 PM

    Now the Bears will use this as an excuse when GB mops the floor w/ them.

  12. ccjcsr says: Sep 23, 2013 1:07 PM

    Adrian Peterson says Big Deal!

    #beentheredonethat

  13. toofast79 says: Sep 23, 2013 1:12 PM

    zzr600guy says:
    Sep 23, 2013 12:49 PM
    Now the Bears will use this as an excuse when GB mops the floor w/ them.

    Typical Packers fan, no class. A guy gets a season ending injury and you chose to make light of the situation. This is his career and his livelihood. There is only one team in the league that is one injury away from being terrible – YOURS!.

  14. chi01town says: Sep 23, 2013 1:23 PM

    @filthymcnasty1
    NO EXCUSES, Chicago is looking for the packers so they can shut you and tokyosandblaster up. when the packers come back Chicago will be 4-0 and in control of the North

  15. pudgalvin says: Sep 23, 2013 1:26 PM

    I like Henry Melton, but the Bears did offer him a long term deal in the off-season, it just wasn’t to his liking. I feel for him, but he took a chance and lost out.

    As far as the Bears go, Melton has been an absolute non factor so far this year, so this isn’t the end of the world. It’s hurts the depth, but there’s no reason that Collins can’t step in and at the very least match Melton’s production.

  16. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 23, 2013 1:28 PM

    It’s the reason players hate the franchise tag so much, essentially the worst-case scenario for those employees.
    _________________

    Yes we all feel so bad for this guy and the over 4 million he’ll make for the year after taxes and agents fees.

    How can he be expected to live for any length of time much less support a family on the piddling little amount.

    Here’s some math for you – 4 million is 80 times what somebody making 50k a year makes. I feel bad the guy is injured like I would for any player, but I have no sympathy for him if the money he’s made from this year alone much less what he made for his rookie contract isn’t enough for him to live on for the rest of his life. He could never work a day again and have enough money to live quite nicely if he’s smart with it.

  17. ihaterogergoodell says: Sep 23, 2013 1:31 PM

    Filthy and Tokyo: good on you for not rubbing it in. I feel the injury hurts, but I also think Melton is overrated. Hopefully when the Bears face off with the Pack and Detroit, they can keep it competitive. I think they should be ok.

  18. jazsrt says: Sep 23, 2013 1:31 PM

    zzr600guy says:
    Sep 23, 2013 12:49 PM
    Now the Bears will use this as an excuse when GB mops the floor w/ them.
    _______________________________

    Every fan base has them-people who have no class or respect for the players of the game.

    Disregard their blatant ignorance.

    (FYI-The ZZR 600 is a woman’s motorcycle.)

  19. larryboodry says: Sep 23, 2013 1:51 PM

    As for Melton, this is a tough blow for him and the team, but I think there is enough depth on defense to overcome it.

  20. wnstonchill says: Sep 23, 2013 1:53 PM

    I hate to see this happen to Melton. Just the same, the Bears made the right choice in franchise tagging this guy for one year. He wasn’t the all-pro defensive tackle that many of the football world perceived him to be. He just happened to be the best the Bears had at the time, which isn’t saying a whole lot for the rest of the defensive line. I understand the players wanting the long term deal for their security, but people have to remember, IT’S A BUSINESS! The agents that are prodding these players to get more than they probably deserve aren’t looking out for the players best interest. They’re giving these players bad advice and it clearly cost Melton in this case. Had Melton chose to take a reasonable offer over the next three or four years, he’d have that security right now. It is what it is………

  21. simplesimon1 says: Sep 23, 2013 1:56 PM

    From a Lions fan…..

    Sorry Bears fans…. that sucks. Melton is a great DT and I wish him a very speedy recovery.

    As for the classless Packers and Vikings fans in the room, ignore them.

  22. toybkshr says: Sep 23, 2013 2:05 PM

    The only thing he can be optimistic about is; it happened in Sept & not DEC., should be ready for training camp & be close to 100% for next season.

  23. troybulletinboard says: Sep 23, 2013 2:05 PM

    yeah, that’s the risk he took. sucks for him though, has always seemed like a good dude. hope he comes back strong next season and can earn that payday.

  24. trevor123698 says: Sep 23, 2013 2:38 PM

    cya later Melton. Its a shame you don’t know that DEAD ATHLETES DON’T LIE. you cost yourself 30-50 million dollars by not knowing this.

  25. bearshaterseverywhere says: Sep 23, 2013 2:44 PM

    chi01town says:
    Sep 23, 2013 1:23 PM
    @filthymcnasty1
    NO EXCUSES, Chicago is looking for the packers so they can shut you and tokyosandblaster up. when the packers come back Chicago will be 4-0 and in control of the North

    ____________________________________

    relax dude, you’re going to have a heart attack!

  26. afcdomination says: Sep 23, 2013 2:44 PM

    I still love the tag. gives these teams some sort of ability to retain their players. look at the chiefs. they tag Dwayne bowe with scott pioli as GM. scott had no intention of re-signing Dwayne at any point, he just wanted to rent him for 1 more year. fine. well scott got fired at the end of the season.

    Bowe became a FA, who could have been tagged for a 2nd time if KC really wanted to(not likely obviously) Reid/Dorsey come in, and the first thing they do is extend d-bowe.

    so personally, as someone who wants to keep my fav players on my fav team, I like the franchise tag, even if something like this happens every now and then

    and to be frank, he got a lot of guaranteed money this year, had he signed a deal, who is to say he would have een that much more in injury settlement

  27. chi01town says: Sep 23, 2013 2:58 PM

    @filthymcnasty1
    I know you seen that Chicago game
    last night. you ready to put green bay on a football field with Chicago?
    cause that wont turn out good for the packers right now. Your coach and QB is at odds on the side lines. they dont have a RB with two legs and that O-line will get Rodgers killed, PROOF look at your RB’s after just 3 games. that defense has holes in it like swiss cheese oops!! did I say cheese. Man you should stop trying to rush that game cause like I said it wont turn out good for the packers.

  28. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 23, 2013 3:07 PM

    @chi01town, I realize you’re addressing filthy, but I’ll respond to your question.

    I think putting the Packers on the field with the bears would be a great idea. Nothing like a huge win after a loss to lift spirits.

    #GreenBayOwnsCutler

  29. chi01town says: Sep 23, 2013 4:23 PM

    @tokyosandblaster
    Man how many big wins do you want Chicago to have? cause right now even you are not stupid enough to think green bay would win against the Bears. Cutler is looking like Montana right now EVEN Collins said it last night and before the game he picked the Steelers to win.

  30. rikker12 says: Sep 23, 2013 4:48 PM

    As A packer fan, sorry about Meltons injury Bear fans. I feel your pain..

    chio1town.
    3 wins in september doesn’t make you a Super Bowl or better team than GB, Kansas City has 3 wins, are they a Super Bowl team?
    Even the most compotent fan knows GB has the Bears number, and they will go on and win the division.
    Also, are you referring to Phil Collins???(Joe Montana…LOL)

  31. chi01town says: Sep 23, 2013 5:36 PM

    @rikker12
    post was @tokyo man dont know you yet. Just because you are a packers fan dont mean you can go back and forth with me. NOT YET! you gotta post more

  32. nickynick04 says: Sep 24, 2013 1:05 PM

    I saw chio1town s post pulling for an ACL injury for Rodgers on Sunday….

    GOTCHA !
    Pay backs are a &%$#@

  33. nickynick04 says: Sep 24, 2013 1:06 PM

    Showing more class then chi1town…

    I hate to see a player injured.
    Best of luck Melton

  34. nflfollower says: Sep 25, 2013 4:13 PM

    harrisonhits2—

    “Here’s some math for you – 4 million is 80 times what somebody making 50k a year makes. I feel bad the guy is injured like I would for any player, but I have no sympathy for him if the money he’s made from this year alone much less what he made for his rookie contract isn’t enough for him to live on for the rest of his life. He could never work a day again and have enough money to live quite nicely if he’s smart with it.”

    Your comment really highlights some of the ignorant opinions that support the franchise tag. The fact is he has elite skills that allow him to be compensated much more than the “average joe” who makes 50K a year. Deal with it. Your’s is such a stale argument that completely falls apart when you realize that if you have skills that are replaceable or do something 100,000 + other people in this country can do guess what you’ll make about 50K. NFL players have unique skill sets that earn them more money. Big deal. They deserve it. Chances are 99.99999 percent of the country doesn’t care what you did at work last week or what you did last Sunday. It’s different for these guys, obviously.

    When a player like this plays under the “franchise tag” he is literally risking millions on millions of dollars in future earnings putting his livelihood on the line for a ONE year contract, after his old contract has expired and his employer REFUSES to allow him to look for a new employer. It’s insanity more of these guys don’t hold out. Anytime you get a new job offer for more money you can walk away and take the new job, just put in a 30 days notice. For guys like this their contract expires, and they are essentially forced to sign a franchise tag deal for one year and sometimes something like this happens. Terrible. I feel much worse for Melton than I do his employer, or Bear’s fans. And quit talking about how much money he’s made, that’s not the point, the point is future earnings he loses out on because of this system.

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