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Henry Melton is still only 27 years old. He's coming off a torn ACL but figures to make a full recovery.
The Bears were absolutely pathetic at defensive tackle once Melton went down. The easy and smart move would be to bring him back at a reduced rate. He won't get what he wanted before the injury, but he could still be just as productive.
There lies the question. How long do you bring him back for? Do the Bears try and strike gold and get him on the cheap for three or four years, or do they look to give him only one or two?
A short deal could burn the Bears if he reaches his Pro Bowl level again, but the franchise also doesn't want another Tommie Harris situation on its hands.
Two or three years might be an area where the Bears and Melton can come to an agreement.