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Bears place transition tag on Fuller

Bears place transition tag on Fuller

After a strong bounce-back season in 2017 from cornerback Kyle Fuller, the Chicago Bears are giving themselves an opportunity to keep him from leaving as a free agent.

The Bears are projected to have $49.6 million in cap space next season if Fuller signs the transition tag, per Over the Cap.

If the Bears decide not to match, they would lose Fuller without compensation.

There's a chance another prominent name could be added to the free agent cornerback market when the new league year begins March 14. The Bears would not receive any compensatory draft picks if they opted not to match such an offer.

The transition tag will pay Fuller $12.971 million for the 2018 season, as opposed to the $14.975 million he would have received under the franchise tag.

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Fuller has 159 tackles and eight interceptions in 48 career games with the Bears.

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

"Kyle is a player we value", said Bears GM Ryan Pace. "This allows us to continue to work together on a long-term deal".

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Everett was set to become a restricted free agent this offseason. Their next two corners on the depth chart, Bryce Callahan and Cre'Von LeBlanc, have both played well but are better suited in the slot.

Fuller, 26, thrived as a rookie but struggled in 2015 and missed all of 2016 due to arthroscopic knee surgery, leading the Bears to decline the fifth-year option of his rookie contract last April. He started 30 games in his first two seasons out of Virginia Tech and had six interceptions and 129 tackles.


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