Henry Melton will sign franchise tender with Bears
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Mar 8, 2013
Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton is ready to sign his franchise tender. A week after the Chicago Bears placed their franchise tag on defensive tackle Henry Melton, his agent on Friday said his client has accepted the designation and will sign the $8.45 million tender offer on Saturday or Monday. Melton’s agent, Jordan Woy, wrote on Twitter that Melton has accepted the tender offer, which means he is willing to play the 2013 season for a guaranteed salary of $8.45 million. Sitting at close to $4 million under the NFL's salary cap, the Bears share Melton's sentiments. The Bears rolled over $3.2 million in unused cap space from the 2012 season to 2013, which put them at approximately $12 million under the cap prior to applying the franchise tag on Melton. Woy also represents Cowboys defensive end/outside linebacker Anthony Spencer, who has also decided to sign his franchise tender now while still working on getting a new deal done in the coming months. That move took a significant amount of their cap, but it's expected the Bears will work to free up cap space prior to Tuesday's opening of free agency through restructures, new contracts with players at the end of their deals, roster reductions or a combination of the three.