According to the Chicago Tribune, there’s a good chance the Bears will place the franchise tag on defensive tackle Henry Melton this week.
NFL teams have from Monday through March 4 to apply the franchise tag in advance of free agency and the start of the new league year March 12. Barring a multi-year contract for Melton, it seems like a good bet general manager Phil Emery will elect to use the franchise tag for the second consecutive year after applying it to running back Matt Forte in 2012. Doing so could lock up nearly one-third of the team’s salary cap in four defensive stars, though.
Melton had a good season for the Bears in 2012 with 44 tackles, 6 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.