Please Register or Log in to Remove this Advertisement! Bill Polian thinks due to the lingering doubts about his ACL injury Melton may not get what he is looking for on the market. This could bode well for Emery's patient "Wait & See" style of signing free agents. Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sport...n-melton-free-agency-20140305,0,3576867.story By Rich Campbell, Tribune reporter 1:23 p.m. CST, March 5, 2014 Henry Melton's ongoing recovering from ACL reconstruction surgery is sure to affect his value on the free-agent market. Melton had surgery Oct. 8 to reconstruct the ACL in his left knee, and although he expects to be ready for training camp, teams unfamiliar with his injury, current condition and rehab would understandably seek more information before offering him a substantial contract. Former Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian, a current ESPN analyst, Wednesday shared a GM's typical line of thinking regarding pursuing a free agent who is coming off a serious injury. "Henry Melton, I think, is a terrific three-technique, albeit undersized, but in the Tampa-2 system you can play with those guys," Polian said in a teleconference. "I don’t know whether Marc (Trestman) and Phil (Emery) and others in the Bears organization think that he fits for them. And it’s always, always, always colored by the injury. "The physical exam is critical. Injury history is critical. System fit is critical. Who knows what the doctors will say on the physical exam? But as a general rule you don’t even begin to think about pursuing a player unless the doctors say, ‘Go ahead.’ The trainers do exchange information, so everybody kind of knows the general tenor of what the injury was and what the prognosis is. But everybody that’s interested is obviously going to get their hands on him, and they will figure out what they think the risk is with the injury. That’s the protocol they will follow. "Typically, fellas who are coming off of pretty serious injuries, that doesn’t bode well in terms of top dollar in free agency. That said, I think, healthy, he’s a terrific three-technique."