CTL: Should the Bears franchise Melton?
Mon, 18 Feb 2013|
Chicago Tribune Live debates whether the Bears should use their franchise tag on Henry Melton - 2/18
There's -- all 31 other NFL teams can begin tagging their own free agent to prevent them from. Hitting the open market or sign offer -- about getting some compensation in return. His window close this window closes march 4 about a week before. The opening of free agency and the guys see there Henry Melton is probably the obviously the bears' most important. Free agent of them all. 565000. Dollars in his initial. Rookie contract and that is now -- -- tag and he can make little bit more than eight million dollars per year however if you do that you're also tied up about. Thirty years salary cap again I think with four were defensive players between him Briggs and Tillman and Julius Peppers is the real got the big ticket sales. We think they're gonna do you know the other tags a last resort Chris you don't want to use that -- you have to do for a number of reasons. First and foremost is the salary cap issue if you do spend that eight point three million and now that all counts in the cap this year in that prohibits you from doing other things in terms of signing of the players. Other teams free agents as well as maybe some of your own. So if you do put the tag on you gotta wait -- last minute to do that. You're gonna try to negotiate a long term deal before that point in and get him signed to deal that's maybe 45 years we could. Take the cap hit. And pro rated over the different years -- refresh my memory here went when he did that with Forte last year. It is that is that salary numbered does that stay in effect even if you come to a contract to rally around us -- -- that those are you know as he is he worth. He Iraq I think that that's a good that's a good debate the problem -- have a health problem -- Mel Tucker talks much have an attacking defense. And keeping things as as similar as they used to be. A lot of that says you need. A defensive tackle in the three technique role that is as explosive as Henry Melton can beat any you. Aren't going to. Do whatever you can't contractually to keep him in town you better have an alternative because otherwise your defense is not -- function the way you want to function so. I don't know if he is consistent enough to be fit for me to say you know he's worth eight point five million dollars next year in salary. -- but I also don't know that he's somebody you wanted to let get away so I think they really need to negotiate a long term extension. Because there could be a market for a guy like that. Here's the problem David he's become somewhat unique player there are very few good interior pass rushers in the NFL. And you really need one in this defense so if you do let him go like you say how do you replace it keeps you almost can't replace. You have to hope to get your pass rush from other places. In addition that he's a young player and he has not reached his potential yet here here's a guy who played running back at Texas so he's probably going to get better. As he gets older. You know I think he would be worthwhile investment. He even if you have to. Maybe think you're overpaying him a little -- to Syria hasn't plateaued and you're you're dishing out that money --