Bears put franchise tag on Henry Melton

Updated: March 1, 2013, 10:54 PM ET
Associated Press

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears have placed a franchise tag on Pro Bowl defensive tackle Henry Melton.

In a statement Friday, General Manager Phil Emery said Melton has been a good player for the Bears and the team is using the franchise tag "so his development continues as a Bear."

Emery said the team will work with Melton to reach a multi-year agreement. The deadline for reaching a contract agreement is July 15. If an agreement isn't reached, Melton will play next season for $8.45 million.

The 26-year-old Melton was a fourth-round draft pick out of Texas in 2009. He started his Longhorn career as a running back, but moved to defensive tackle.


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