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The Chicago Bears may be looking at a head-versus-heart decision this year when it comes to the franchise tag.
One option is icon Brian Urlacher.
While fans would surely like to see the linebacker finish his career in Chicago, it's not known just how much interest the new regime has in the aging star, nor how big of a "hometown discount" Urlacher would take to stay in the Windy City.
Giving Urlacher the franchise tag would be a stunner, as it's just under $10 million for linebackers in 2013, a huge number for a deteriorating inside linebacker.
The other, and far more likely, option is defensive tackle Henry Melton, who has quietly become a significant part of the Bears defense and is only 26 years old.
While $8 million and change isn't cheap for a defensive tackle, it wouldn't be a big surprise for Melton to see that sort of a contract on the open market.
The Bears have some wiggle room, but the best move for the team is to sign both players to more cap-friendly deals while tying up Melton long-term and avoiding the tag altogether.