Henry Melton tagged as Chicago Bears' franchise player

Updated: March 1, 2013 at 11:13 p.m.

The Chicago Bears have informed defensive tackle Henry Melton that he will be designated as the team's franchise player, the Bears announced Friday.

As a franchise player, Melton is set to make $8,450,000 next season. In 14 games this past season, Melton had 44 tackles and six sacks.

"It just feels good to be thought of so highly," Melton told the Chicago Sun-Times. "Been a long road and now just want to get a long term deal done and remain a Bear for years to come."

Melton later tweeted about the announcement.