Bears CB Kyle Fuller off the market for Raiders

Kyle Fuller

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

Had the Bears given Fuller the franchise tag, they would have had two options - to negotiate a long-term contract by mid-July or pay him $14.975 million for next season.

It's worth wondering if confidence in the ability to re-sign Fuller has played into the Bears' decision to not use the tag. 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. The Bears would not receive any compensatory draft picks if they opted not to match such an offer.

The Bears have come up with a more creative and less expensive way of keeping free-agent cornerback Kyle Fuller.

Rapoport added the transition tag for cornerbacks is valued at $12.97 million next season. The difference is that the Bears would receive two first-round picks as compensation if he leaves.

In 16 starts last season, Fuller tied for the team lead with two interceptions and tied for second in the National Football League with 22 passes defensed.

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


Fuller gets the tag after bouncing back from injury in 2017. Given the fact that Fuller reportedly wanted to stay in Chicago, it's likely a long-term marriage can work itself out.

Fuller recorded 67 tackles, two interceptions and 22 pass breakups this past season, one year after sitting out the entire 2016 campaign after undergoing a knee scope in the summer.

He was immediately inserted into the lineup as a starter during his rookie season, finishing with 64 total tackles, four picks, three forced fumbles and 10 pass defenses.

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