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Bears now in a salary cap bind

Henry Melton (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

By placing the franchise tag on Henry Melton, the Bears are now pressed up against the salary cap, meaning Phil Emery and Cliff Stein have to get creative in finding ways to clear up cap space.

Deciphering the franchise cap totals for NFL team at this point of the year can be difficult. The 2013 season officially starts in less than two weeks, March 12, and teams will soon be dropping money off the books, as well as re-signing players, free agents and, shortly thereafter, draft picks. Amidst all that action, it can be tough to figure out where a team sits under the cap on a day-by-day... Recommended Stories

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