Sep 09, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Henry Melton (69) reacts after a play against the Indianapolis Colts during the fourth quarter at Soldier Field. Chicago defeats Indianapolis 41-21. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Henry Melton Slapped With Franchise Tag

The Bears made a move just days before the deadline passed (March 4) and placed the franchise tag on Henry Melton according to all the Chicago Bears beat writers on Twitter, and the Chicago Tribune.  Melton a first time pro bowler this past season will be a Chicago Bear for at least another season.  Melton as every other player that gets slapped with the franchise tag is looking for a long-term deal as Matt Forte did last year.

Melton sent out this tweet after news of the franchise tag placement broke:


Melton is 26 years old and seems to be continually improving over the last two seasons.  This was a move that the Bears needed to make on a defensive unit that stars are mostly on the wrong side of 30.  Keeping a young star is a move that Phil Emery had to make even if the money is more than the team wanted to spend, to the tune of $8.45 million.   Now the task at hand is freeing up some cap space.

What do you think? Was this “Must Move” by Emery and the Bears?


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  • dwhnt47

    i think it was a good move. Melton is young and has a lot of up-side to him. But I think that now you might see a more drastic move by team management to create cap room. If it were my move to make, I would see what I could get in trade for Peppers. In a good trade he might bring a second round and maybe a couple third round picks to the right team. The Bears could then trade down from # 20 and pick up a couple more. Now, you have the cap space you need to upgrade the o-line, and a bunch of early picks to add some youth and speed at WR, and other key areas. Maybe even draft Peps replacement. Sorry Pep’ the NFL is a business after all.

    • BearGogglesOn

      Wow, that’s a pretty bold move Darrel. Who’s gonna rush the passer? I don’t know if Shea McClellin are “ready for primetime” so to speak. Not sure what an aging Peppers and his massive contract would draw on the open market. I suppose if a team thought they were a DE away (like the Bears did a few years ago), maybe they’d be willing to deal. Interesting insight.

  • DeCon

    It was a move the Bears HAD to make rather than let him walk for nothing. Now, they can set the market versus having another team overpay him or put some kind of a poison pill in the contract. The biggest problem with it, however, is the Bears were projected to be about $12M under the cap and the Melton tag will eat up 75% of that. Unless the Bears can restructure a number of deals, Pep, Briggs and maybe even Forte, if this tag holds with no long term contract, the Bears are going to have trouble bringing back Urlacher and even Lance Louis, not to mention Izzy and Roach, PLUS sign their draft picks from the upcoming draft. It woud serve the Bears well to try to get a long term deal with Melton completed ASAP. Or else this could be a signal that the Bears will try to get out of the first round and pick up some additional draft picks to keep the draft pick salaries lower all up and add more quantity. This is the draft to do it, it is deep at OL and LB, which are positions of need for the Bears.
    Another part of me is worried that when the Bears signed Tommie Harris to a long-term deal in 2008, his career quickly went to shit, once bitten, twice shy? I just hope the Bears aren’t being penny wise and dollar foolish.
    Time will tell!!!