Bears Use Transition Tag On Cornerback Kyle Fuller

Kristopher Nichols
March 7, 2018

The Bears made a decision to give cornerback Kyle Fuller the little-used transition tag before Tuesday's 3 p.m. deadline, leaving the former first-round pick with a $12.971 million price tag for 2018. The exclusive franchise tag makes it so the player can only negotiate with his team, and the non-exclusive franchise tag makes it so if a player signs with another team, his original team gets two first-round picks.

Given Fuller's performance this year, the Bears chose to apply the transition tag, a designation that gives the Bears the opportunity to match any contract offer that Fuller agrees to. With plenty of money to spend - the Bears have the fourth-highest amount of cap space heading into 2018, per spotrac.com - the Bears have the resources that would seemingly dissuade teams from trying to construct an aggressive, exotic offer. 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. It's also a little cheaper than the franchise tag, which would've paid Fuller around $14.9 million this year. He played in all 16 games, getting two interceptions, 22 pass deflections, and 60 tackles.

It saved his tenure with the Bears, and they want to see who the real Fuller is.

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A first-round pick out of Virginia Tech back in 2014, Fuller put up an uneven performance in each of his first three National Football League seasons.

The only other corners on the current roster are Marcus Cooper and Cre'Von LeBlanc. He has eight career picks and was set to be an unrestricted free agent after the Bears declined to pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract.

Fuller gets the tag after bouncing back from injury in 2017.

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