ESPN Chicago confirms free agent DT Henry Melton will test the open market.
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Per reporter Michael C. Wright, Melton already has "multiple suitors." Free agency's top defensive tackle, Melton is likely going to command more money than the cash-strapped Bears can afford. He's coming off October ACL surgery, but is one of the best three-techniques in the game when healthy.
The Bears have expressed interest in free agent S Ryan Mundy.
Mundy is a third safety/special teams type and wouldn't cure Chicago's deep safety woes alongside Chris Conte. Bears GM Phil Emery is also said to have reached out to the player reps for free agent S Mike Mitchell.
Nick Underhill of MassLive.com reports the Texans have expressed interest in acquiring Ryan Mallett.
Underhill adds that the level of interest is just "talk" at this point, and it's not clear whether the Patriots would consider trading Mallett. Entering the final year on his rookie contract, Mallett will almost certainly test free agency after this season so New England could be inclined to get something of value for him now. Mallett has a history with Texans HC Bill O'Brien, who was the Patriots offensive coordinator in 2011. Trading for Mallett would allow the Texans to address a position other than quarterback with the first overall pick.