Chicago Bears Rumors: Is Henry Melton The Next 'Refrigerator' Perry?

There will never be another William 'The Refrigerator' Perry, but it sounds like the Chicago Bears could try to replicate the success of the defensive-lineman-turned-running-back strategy in goal line situations this season with Henry Melton. Melton started to emerge at defensive tackle in his second pro season for the Bears last year, and the team has even bigger plans for him this upcoming season.

Melton, who was a fairly productive running back for the Texas Longhorns during his first two years of college, could see some action on offense this season.

Here's what Melton told the Chicago Tribune:

"I have some experience playing running back. (They’re) trying to bring me back, play some fullback a little bit," Melton said after the Bears' OTA session Wednesday at Halas Hall.

"I played a little bit," Melton said modestly. "Trying to bring it back, see what I’ve got left. It’s fun. I’m trying to perfect my craft at defensive tackle. But it’s a fun switch-up. Any way I can help.

Melton was a high school running back who scored 10 touchdowns as a freshman runner for the Longhorns. Melton switched to defensive end after his sophomore season, when he totaled six touchdowns.

Melton had seven sacks for Chicago last season at defensive tackle.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago for more information, and for in-depth analysis on the Chicago Bears, be sure to visit Windy City Gridiron. And drop by SB Nation's NFL news hub for more updates and commentary from around the league.

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