The problem is that the (unexpectedly large) salary cap increase affects every team equally. So it gives the Bears more space to work with but it also makes the FA market more appealing to players and probably more expensive to teams. There will simply be way more dollars floating around to be spent than last year so it's a much better time to be a sought-after FA this year as a player. I'd be all for keeping Melton (even if we draft Donald or Jernigan) if he can be retained on a "prove it" or team-friendly cheap/short term basis. It wasn't likely that he would agree to that before and it's even less likely now given the above. He's gonna be looking for $5m+ on a multi-year deal (he earned nearly $8m on the tag last year). That seems a steep price to pay IMO for a guy coming off major injury who had only one standout season prior and had a rep for disappearing for weeks at a time. Let Jerry Jones pay it.