I recently had a chance to sit down one-on-one with Bears Pro Bowl defensive tackle Henry Melton.
Melton discussed the goals he set for himself when he entered the league and not surprising, he came to camp like most young guys just trying to make the final roster.
Melton is entering his 5th season in the NFL and third as a starter, but was given the Franchise Tag by the Bears, which means he's scheduled to make over $8 million this season if he's unable to reach an agreement on a long-term deal. He told me he's not worried about his contract situation and admits he's happy with the salary on the table as of right now.
He also discussed the departure of Lovie Smith and Rod Marinelli, two coaches that showed a great deal of confidence in him from the time he was drafted out of Texas in 2009. He credits Marinelli for really lighting a spark following a conversation they had a few years ago.
Melton also told me that despite his success, he still feels like he has a lot to prove and wants to be considered one of the top two players in the league at his position.
In his three seasons with the Bears, Melton has totaled 63 tackles, 15.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.