Bears tag DT Henry Melton

Updated: March 1, 2013, 8:58 PM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com

The Chicago Bears have placed their franchise tag on defensive tackle Henry Melton, the team announced Friday.

Earlier, Melton wrote on Twitter: "Good to be a Bear for another year," before adding, "Hopefully we can get a long-term deal done soon!"

The franchise tag for defensive tackles in 2013 comes with a guaranteed salary of $8.45 million.

By tagging Melton, the Bears give themselves time to work out a long-term deal with him, similar to the way the club tagged ...

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