• Deadline looms for Bears, DT Henry Melton to reach long-term deal

    Summary of 8 articles · Updated Jul 15, 2013
    Defensive tackle Henry Melton didn't reach agreement on a long-term deal with the Chicago Bears by Monday's 4 p.m. 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. ‘‘Henry Melton has been a force in the middle,’’ linebacker Lance Briggs said at the end of last season. But by Monday morning, NFL sources confirmed that Melton will play out 2013 on his one-year franchise tender, which he signed in March, and wouldn’t be getting a multiyear deal before the deadline. 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. 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. The others were Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks, Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson, Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer, Bills safety Jairus Byrd, Colts punter Pat McAfee, Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady and Chiefs offensive tackle Branden Albert.
    Source: suntimes.com
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      News that defensive tackle Henry Melton will play this season under his one-year franchise tender throws further light on the roster flexibility the Chicago Bears have built into coach Marc Trestman's first season with the team. The chart shows 10 proje…
      Source: ESPN.com

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