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Agent says Bears' Melton accepts franchise tender


CHICAGO (AP) - Pro Bowl defensive tackle Henry Melton has accepted the Chicago Bears' $8.45 million tender after being hit with the franchise player tag.

Melton's agent Jordan Woy posted Friday on Twitter that they will still try to negotiate a long-term contract before the July 15 deadline. The Bears placed the franchise tag on Melton on March 1.

The 26-year-old Melton made his first Pro Bowl last season, tying for third among defensive tackles with six sacks while forcing two fumbles.

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