During the Chicago Bears press conference on Wednesday, Bears general manager Phil Emery told reporters that he was monitoring Henry Melton‘s free agent status. Emery is holding out hope that the Bears can bring Melton back for the 2014 season but the team is allowing the free agent defensive tackle to create a market for himself.
Melton has visited with the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys this week and is now set to visit with the defending Super Bowl Champions.
Source: FA DT Henry Melton is on his way this morning to travel for a visit to Seattle.
Emery likely wasn’t counting on Melton having a hard market. It might have been the Bears expectation that since Melton was coming off a season in which he tore his ACL, the market for his services would have been soft. Though, that has not been the case with teams like the Cowboys expressing a strong interest in the Bears defensive tackle.
The defensive tackle position is still an area that Emery needs to address. That would be why re-signing Melton should be a high priority for the Bears. Though. even with Melton re-signed, the Bears would still need to add at least one more defensive tackle.
If Melton does not return to the Bears, then that all but confirms that the team will be looking to draft a defensive tackle with their first round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft in May.