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Chicago’s exclusive right to negotiate a contract with free agent defensive tackle Henry Melton expired Saturday once the league’s legal tampering period opened up in advance of Tuesday’s start of free agency, and as expected, several teams have expressed interest, according to an NFL source. Melton, 27, is coming off surgery to repair his left ACL, and it’s likely the Bears were optimistically expecting somewhat of a soft market for the defensive tackle, who received $8.
Is Henry Melton still Henry Melton? That’s arguably the most intriguing question general manager Phil Emery will have to answer in free agency. Melton, a Pro Bowl defensive tackle in 2012, is coming off ACL surgery on his left knee that limited him to three games last season. Free-agency decisions more often are about known commodities, and Melton is anything but. His three games in 2013 were unremarkable, though his actual impact at his position in the Bears’...
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys were not keen to see Jeremiah Ratliff (we know him as Jay) sign with the Chicago Bears last season after they released him off the physically unable to perform list with a groin injury. In the "Monday Night Football" meeting at Soldier Field last season, Ratliff started, had three tackles and a sack -- his first since Week 13, 2011 -- in what was the second-worst loss of the Cowboys' season. Ratliff signed a two-year deal with the Bears on Wednesday, and the Cowboys will get to see him again in 2014 at Soldier Field.
Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker tried in 2013 to run the same defense as former head coach Lovie Smith, and even assimilated to teaching the same language from the scheme. But it didn't work for several reasons, with injuries to key players and a general lack of depth chief among them. Tucker appears to now have autonomy to shape the defense how he sees fit. "I think he's always had the autonomy to do things within parameters," Bears coach Marc Trestman said.
The Bears’ search for defensive-line help is sure to take them to Notre Dame, where defensive tackle Louis Nix III and defensive end Stephon Tuitt are intriguing prospects who transcend scheme. Nix is coming off surgery in November to repair a torn meniscus. He said he has lost 23 pounds and came in at 6-2, 331 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. It did not prevent him from working out at the combine. ‘‘How’s the knee? It’s fantastic....
INDIANAPOLIS — The Chicago Bears have several impact players on defense who suffered serious injuries last season in the final year of their respective contracts.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Embattled Chicago Bears free safety Chris Conte remains very much in the mix to win a starting job in 2014. Bears general manager Phil Emery said on Thursday that the team is expected to bring Conte to training camp and let the 2011 third-round draft choice compete for one of the two starting safety spots. Conte’s 2013 performance was symbolic of the overall defensive unit, which experienced a sharp decline from the previous year because of a combination of injuries and substandard play.
The Tribune's Bears writer answers your many questions about the draft, options at quarterback, Shea McClellin and Julius PeppersWhat are the chances the Bears draft a running back in the middle of the draft to infuse some life in the backup position and provide insurance in case of a Matt Forte injury? I thought Tre Mason looked fantastic and would be a great value in the third round. -- Dave M., Portland, Ore.
They know defensive line must be shored up and rehabbing under tackle is expected to stir up interest as free agent Henry Melton does not know what free agency will bring him yet but even coming off reconstructive surgery on the ACL in his left knee, he projects to be the top defensive tackle available.
Money: Signed a one-year, $840,000 contract on Nov. 2. Jeremiah Ratliff eventually collected $395,294 in 2013 from the Chicago Bears. The deal contained no signing bonus or guaranteed money. Stats: Ratliff was active for five games and started the final four. He finished the year with 14.5 tackles, 1.5 sacks and one tackle-for-loss. Ratliff’s snap count gradually increased as the season wore on after he missed an entire year with a groin injury.
Decimated by injuries, the Chicago Bears' defensive line turned in a nightmarish 2013 season. The Bears allowed 2,583 yards rushing, more than 400 worse than the 31st-ranked Atlanta Falcons, and their 30 sacks were good for 30th in the NFL. Will the Bears address their glaring need for help up front with the 14th pick in the May NFL draft? Our panel weighs in on that and more in an offseason edition of Four Downs: Fact or Fiction: The Bears' first pick of the draft will be on the defensive line.