Henry Melton to ink $8.5M tender

Updated: March 8, 2013, 10:15 PM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com

A week after the Chicago Bears placed their franchise tag on defensive tackle Henry Melton, his agent on Friday said his client has accepted the designation and will sign the $8.45 million tender offer on Saturday or Monday.

"Clients Henry Melton, Bears, and (defensive end) Anthony Spencer, (Dallas) Cowboys, have both accepted their franchise tenders. We will now focus on long term deals," Jordan Woy tweeted.

By signing the franchise tender, Melton isn't locked into the guaranteed ...

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