Chicago Bears free agent being sued for $1 million

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Henry Melton is one of many players in the free agency market at present after having failed to negotiate a new deal with the Chicago Bears.

The defensive tackle was a major figure in the defensive line at Soldier Field and was the team's franchise tag back in 2012.

But after being limited to just three games last season after an ACL injury he looks to be heading to pastures new.

But the news, reported by ESPN, that he is facing legal action in relation to an altercation dating back to last December could well cause some NFL teams to take a step back.

Melton was arrested in late 2013 for public intoxication and allegedly assaulting a bartender in Texas, the state the 28-year old went to school in.

He is alleged to have bitten Donald Payne, the owner of Chill Sports Bar & Grill where the incident took place, who is now suing the player for over $1 million.

Payne's attorney is sighting psychological damage and insists Melton pierced the skin with his teeth.

Chicago Bears general manager, Phil Emery claimed to be unaware of the pending lawsuit when questioned and insisted it would have no impact on whether the franchise would look to re-sign the 2012 Pro Bowler:

"In terms of evaluating Henry the player, that's separate from that. His on-the-field is one thing in terms of evaluation.

"The off-the-field is the other. It is a part of it, but that's a legal issue and that's all I need to say about that."

Melton is also planning legal action according to ESPN so it seems this one has a while to run yet.

With the player visiting the Seattle Seahawks amongst other teams, this incident may yet prove costly as he seeks a new contract.

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