Kyle Fuller likely to remain with Chicago Bears after all

Mar 07, 2018, 06:47
Kyle Fuller likely to remain with Chicago Bears after all

The Chicago Bears placed the transition tag on cornerback Kyle Fuller, the team announced Tuesday.

I can't say for sure if the transition tag will be in play, but multiple folks have told me they do not expect the Bears to franchise-tag Fuller, something that would come at a price tag of a little more than $15 million per season.

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The franchise tag would have cost the Bears $14.975 million (average of the top five CB salaries) for Fuller this year. If Fuller gets a contract offer from another team, the Bears have seven days to match it, ensuring that they hold first rights to the player. If they don't match, they don't receive any compensation from the team that does sign Fuller. He'll have to prove his 2017 season wasn't a fluke, but Fuller's Bears future is much brighter than it was just a year ago. After a resurgent 2017 season, Fuller is expected to draw significant interest on the free-agent market as one of the top available cornerbacks. Acting as one of the best cover guys in the league, the 26-year-old Fuller recorded 68 tackles, 22 passes defended and two interceptions.

Why did the Bears give Fuller the transition tag?

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Drafted by general manager Phil Emery with the No. 14 overall pick in 2014, Fuller missed all of the 2016 season after an August knee procedure.

Last offseason, the Bears opted to decline the fifth-year option on Fuller, which would've applied to the 2018 season. They shouldn't have much trouble matching an offer and keeping Fuller around. This isn't a surprise because it creates a hard situation to get a long-term deal done and, well, that's probably too rich for Fuller. He collected three interceptions and two forced fumbles in his first three games of his rookie season.

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