Bears find less expensive way of holding on to Kyle Fuller

Mar 08, 2018, 01:26
Bears find less expensive way of holding on to Kyle Fuller

After having a solid comeback 2017 season, the Bears have chose to place the transition tag on cornerback Kyle Fuller, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. After a resurgent 2017 season, Fuller is expected to draw significant interest on the free-agent market as one of the top available cornerbacks.

The tag, announced Tuesday, guarantees Fuller $12.9 million next season.

The Bears are projected to have $49.6 million in cap space next season if Fuller signs the transition tag, per Over the Cap. Cooper's future with the Bears is under evaluation, as he had a disappointing 2017. But, after being called out by defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Fuller bounced back with his best season.

Chicago hasn't used a transition tag since 2001, when it was used on DL Bryan Robinson.

Fuller is a coveted cornerback who enjoyed a very strong contract year last year for the Bears after missing the entirety of the 2016 season due to a knee injury and subsequent recovery. He needed it, after the team declined to exercise his fifth-year option.

Oakland trotted out one of the worst secondaries in football in 2017.

Fuller, who turned 26 last month, tied for the team lead with two interceptions and also played with impressive physicality in run support, tying for the team lead with 60 solo tackles. While the Bears did not use the franchise tag, they did apply a tag that gives them control over whether or not they ultimately lose Fuller. If the Bears refuse to match, they would receive no compensation. 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.