Nov 07, 2011; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago Bears defensive lineman Henry Melton (69) during warmups prior to playing the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. the Bears defeated the Eagles 30-24. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears' Henry Melton to Play 2013 Under One-Year Franchise Tender

There was some hope that the Chicago Bears and defensive lineman Henry Melton could reach a last-minute deal before today’s deadline for franchise players to reach a long-term deal, but now those talks have come to an end just hours before the deadline.

According to the most recent reports, Melton and the Bears will not agree to a long-term deal.

The report comes from Ed Werder of ESPN.com:

The two sides were far apart going in to the weekend, so it isn’t a total shock that a deal was not met.

Melton will now play the year under his one-year deal and look to repeat his success from last season. He will be playing with some added motivation as he looks to fatten his wallet.  If Melton can put together another impressive year, then he will be ready for a big money contract when he hits the open market next offseason.

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