Henry Melton: Stud DT Makes Perfect Sense for the Patriots

February 16, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

As pointed out by Darin Grantt of Pro Football Talk, the Chicago Bears may be facing a tough decision regarding one of their most promising young defenders this offseason.
Henry Melton, a 26-year-old defensive tackle out of Texas, has quietly become one of the most effective interior pass-rushers in the league, even though most casual fans may not be aware of who he is. Melton has compiled 13 sacks over the last two seasons while also being effective against the run, and he is undoubtedly one of the game's most underrated and up-and-coming young defenders.
Unfortunately for the Bears, they may be forced to part ways with Melton, who is an impending free agent this offseason, due to financial restrictions. In the aforementioned article, Grantt points out that re-signing Melton would probably require the team to tie up nearly one-third of its payroll on four defensive starters next season—the other three being Julius Peppers ($16.4 million), Charles Tillman ($8 million) a...

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