(CBS) The Bears have used their franchise tag on defensive tackle Henry Melton, the team announced Friday night.

“Henry has been a good player for us and we are using the franchise tag so his development continues as a Bear,” Bears general manager Phil Emery said. “We will continue our conversations with Henry and work toward a multi-year agreement.”

The franchise tag for defensive tackles is $8.45 million in 2013, according to a report from the NFL Network.

The Bears and Melton have until July 15 to agree on a long-term extension.

Melton, 26, is entering his fourth season with the Bears after being selected in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

In 83 career games, Melton has recorded 15.5 sacks and

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