Bring back Melton

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  1. MPbears68

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    It's a bummer that FA comes a full two months before the draft this year cuz everything I have been reading says that if we are able to draft Aaron Donald at #14, we can let Melton walk. Just re-sign Ratliff and Collins (assuming healthy of course) and the interior DL suddenly looks a whole lot better. That way AD is shooting up the draft boards right now though I'm afraid he may not even make it to 14.
     
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    I was listening to Mike Mayock go on and on about Donald in the NFL network combine coverage. I would not be surprised if he is the 1st DT taken in the draft.
     
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    Hyperbole and buzz about individual players runs deep about this time every year no doubt. But AD is having an amazing pre-draft run right now. He blew up the Senior Bowl and wowed at the Combine. He's drawing comparisons to Geno Atkins in terms of being as good or even better a prospect as GA was coming out of college (they're both "undersized" pure-3Ts/1-gap penetrators). There's rumors that Dallas likes him a lot and they pick only one spot behind us so presumably could jump ahead with a small trade up. If he's there when our name is called, be tough to pass him up IMO given how key the position is in a base 4-3 and how crappy our DL was a whole.

    My guess is Emery is going to let Melton walk unless he takes a team-friendly 1-2 year deal, which I don't think he will do. If he walks to Tampa or Dallas (Lovie/Marinelli), that probably removes a potential Donald-competitor from the high draft (TB picks ahead of us). That's the ideal for us and how I hope it plays out as of now. Probably frees up the $ to bring Peanut back too.
     
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    That would be good. In a year where we have so many holes to fill, it seems like we can replace Melton easier than Peanut. Not easy, but maybe easier. Emery has his work cut out for him this year for sure, no matter how this unfolds.
     
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    I believe, Melton will want more than the Bears are willing to pay. He seems to disappear in some games. There are some free agent options out there who could provide equal value at a better price. He will probably end up with Dallas or Tampa. He needs to explore the market to establish his dollar value. The Bears will then have a choice to make.
     
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    Yep, no thanks. Bye, Henry, unless you're willing to take a team-friendly short-term deal.
     
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    Id rather see him walk and take a high quality DT in the draft. Resign Ratliff and let Collins rotate.

    Melton has attitude problems with arrests. Combine that with a blown knee? No thanks.
     
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    I'm not sure that Melton will be such a hot commodity in the FA marketplace. We have possibly the richest draft in the last 5 - 6 years. I suspect it will drive the value of FAs down, especially any FA who has any baggage at all.

    Maybe we can get Melton in a relatively team friendly deal.
     
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    As of yesterday, they (NFL Network) is reporting the the cap number will be at around $133 mil now. Of course, that helps us, but it also helps the other 32 teams. I think it was originally projected at $127 mil, then it bumped to $130 mil, now its up to $133 mil. That in itself will help drive up values for FA's.
     
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    The salary cap has been raised significantly (I think $12 mil), so using it to ensure he stays one last season won't hurt. Besides, our defense needs insurance on the line, and that is what he would provide. If worse comes to worse, re-appropriate Cutler's contract this season. Only get rid of Melton if you have a sure thing at replacing him.
     

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