Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman both spoke to the media today while attending the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Of course, topics including Henry Melton, Charles Tillman and Julius Peppers came up. Three key members of this Bears defense that will more than likely be rebuilt through the NFL Draft. Now this time last year, the Bears placed a franchise tag on Pro Bowl defensive tackle Henry Melton.
Melton was coming off a career year where he recorded 44 tackles and six sacks, one lower than his career high of seven back in 2011. He was still a huge leader in votes when it came to defensive players and pretty much won a spot by a landslide.
Henry and the Bears were unable to come to an agreement on a long-term deal, allowing him to play out the 2013 season with the agree’d amount from the tag.
This time around, Phil Emery and the Chicago Bears are determined to re-sign Melton to that long-term deal they failed to agree upon last off-season according to ESPN Chicago.
“We do want to bring back Henry and we’ll work through that process.” Phil Emery on Henry Melton via ESPN Chicago.
If this team is unable to lock up Henry Melton and allow him to walk away, they’re going to have a huge hole in the middle of that defensive line.