Lets face it — if the Chicago Bears wanted to sign Henry Melton to a long-term deal this offseason it would have gotten done by now. Not to compare NFL free agents, but the New York Giants and Victor Cruz were on opposite ends of the spectrum earlier this summer and eventually hammered out a deal, because NY knew they needed No. 80 on its roster.
With that being said, the Bears continue to be a stubborn organization that doesn’t necessarily see the writing on the wall.
If Chicago doesn’t open its eyes before the Monday July 15th deadline, then Melton will have no choice but to hit the free agent market after the season. Currently, the defensive tackle is looking for a five-year deal worth $20+ million guaranteed.
Not to sound pessimistic, but Chicago football is on the decline and it’s just a matter of time before that aging defense finally has to rebuild. For those of you thinking that Brian Urlacher is the only Bears mainstay heading out of the Windy City, you’re solely mistaken because Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman and Julius Peppers are all getting up there in age.
Due to the older players on the defensive side of the ball, it becomes crucial for the Bears to keep younger players like Melton on the roster. Not to mention, No. 69 was an NFL All-Pro last season and reeled in 6.5 sacks in just 14 games. Since being drafted in 2009, the buzz surrounding Melton has been huge and he has gotten better each season, which is exactly what every NFL executive want to see.