The Chicago Bears have a dire need on the defensive line and the team is hoping that one of their own free agents can help improve the unit in 2014. That free agent is defensive tackle Henry Melton.
Melton missed most of the 2013 season with the Bears after suffering an ACL tear in September. The Bears, given Melton’s injury, were not expecting to be competing with other teams in trying to sign Melton.
But according to a report from ESPN Chicago, Melton has been drawing interest on the open market. Michael C. Wright reports that several teams have expressed interest in Melton with free agency opening on Tuesday.
Given the Bears need on the defensive line, re-signing Melton should be a high priority. When healthy, Melton is a productive player for a defense. In 2012, Melton was named to the pro-bowl after totaling 44 tackles and 6 sacks for the Bears that season.
In 2013, after Melton’s injury, the Bears defense against the run collapsed and finished the season as the worst in the NFL.
Melton is far from the only addition the Bears need to make on the defensive line. Beyond the re-signing of Melton, the Bears still need to add at least two defensive ends while still looking to draft a defensive lineman in May.