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:
Deadline for franchise players to sign multi-year deals today. Bears Henry Melton and Cowboys Anthony Spencer will play on 1-year deals
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) July 15, 2013
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.