Chicago Bears DT Henry Melton Arrested for Public Intoxication, Assault


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’s price tag may be dropping after the rehabbing Pro Bowl defensive tackle was arrested early Sunday morning in Grapevine Texas for public intoxication and assault.  Melton was involved in an altercation with staff at an establishment called “The Chill” at 1:45 AM on Sunday morning.

"According to police, Melton “became combative” with a staff member when he was asked to leave and a manager was struck. Police were then notified.Melton was cooperative with police when they arrived, according to Sgt. Eberling.The defensive tackle was released on bond after 9 a.m. Sunday morning."

ESPN’s Michael C Wright first reported the story, but was quick to caution rushing to judgment on Melton.

Melton is rehabbing his knee after he tore his ACL is Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Melton hails from Texas and played his college football there.  The Bears put the franchise tag on Melton last offseason, giving him a one-year deal worth about $8.5 million in 2013.  His status with the Bears in 2014 is uncertain.  The Bears need to re-tool their defense and Melton could be a key piece of the puzzle, but coming off a serious knee injury, he might need to play on a one-year “prove it” deal before he gets to cash in on a long term deal.

Melton is the latest Chicago Bears player to be involved in an off field incident.  Former 2012 draft pick Evan Rodriguez was involved in a couple of incidents with the law before being cut by the Bears before the 2013 season.

Stay tuned to Bear Goggles On for any updates on the Henry Melton situation.