Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton signed his franchised tag tender quickly, but the strategy could backfire on him.
Matt Forte face a similar circumstance and he refused to sign and he was rewarded with a long term deal right before training camp.
Melton is using the good faith method; however, in the NFL good faith usually means you’re getting the screws put to you.
Melton, the Bears best defensive lineman can’t holdout because signing the tag puts him under contract and any no shows can be penalized.
Melton is hoping the leap of faith will result in the team committing to him for the long haul.
“I’m not going to really think too much about it,” Melton said, via Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. “It’s a decision that comes from within and upstairs if they want to keep me long term. We’re just kind of talking through some things. Everyone is getting set up and getting the drafted guys done. Hopefully we can sit down and get something done.”