Bears CB Kyle Fuller off the market for Raiders

Report CB Kyle Fuller not expected to get franchise tag from Bears

After having a solid comeback 2017 season, the Bears have made a decision to place the transition tag on cornerback Kyle Fuller, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It also guarantees the original club the right of first refusal to match any offer the player might receive from another team.

The Bears used the transition tag on Fuller, allowing the team to continue to negotiate a long-term deal without the risk of losing him entirely to free agency. His 22 pass breakups were tied for second in the National Football League, including six in Week 16, the most by any player in one game in 2017.

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.

Dickerson covers the Chicago Bears for ESPN's NFL Nation. Now the Bears should be able to hold onto him, and they'll save a little money compared to what they would have paid with the franchise tag. After a resurgent 2017 season, Fuller is expected to draw significant interest on the free-agent market as one of the top available cornerbacks. He came back in 2017 and had another solid season, rehabbing his value.

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


Why did the Bears give Fuller the transition tag?

The Bears, justifiably, declined to pick up his fifth-year option last offseason, which would have cost them $8.526 million for 2018. This doesn't prevent them from working out a long-term contract, which general manager Ryan Pace says is still a priority. He started 30 games in his first two seasons out of Virginia Tech and had six interceptions and 129 tackles.



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