Henry Melton has gone from fourth-round draft pick to a Pro Bowler in his fourth NFL season. The defensive tackle who was headed toward unrestricted free agency March 12th will be sticking around for at least another season, after the Bears beat Monday's deadline and placed their franchise tag on him.

"Henry has been a good player for us and we are using the franchise tag so his development continues as a Bear," general manager Phil Emery said in a statement Friday night. "We will continue conversations with Henry to work toward a multi-year agreement."

Melton, currently on vacation, took to Twitter moments before, announcing: "Good to be a Bear for another year, hopefully we can get a long-term deal done soon! #BearDown #franchisetag"

The key will be completing a long-term extension to spread out what would be an $8.45 million cap hit, the average of the top five highest-paid players at his position. Staying at that number would eat up most of the team's salary cap space.

Henry Melton has gone from fourth-round draft pick to a Pro Bowler in his fourth NFL season. The defensive tackle who was headed toward unrestricted free agency March 12th will be sticking around for at least another season, after the Bears beat Monday's deadline and placed their franchise tag on him.

"Henry has been a good player for us and we are using the franchise tag so his development continues as a Bear," general manager Phil Emery said in a statement Friday night. "We will continue conversations with Henry to work toward a multi-year agreement."

Melton, currently on vacation, took to Twitter moments before, announcing: "Good to be a Bear for another year, hopefully we can get a long-term deal done soon! #BearDown #franchisetag"

The key will be completing a long-term extension to spread out what would be an $8.45 million cap hit, the average of the top five highest-paid players at his position. Staying at that number would eat up most of the team's salary cap space.