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Bears to transition tag Kyle Fuller

Bears to transition tag Kyle Fuller

The 26-year-old cornerback is essentially like a restricted free agent now.

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

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Bears reportedly will place the transition tag on Fuller.

Fuller, 26, was the 14th-overall pick in the 2014 National Football League draft out of Virginia Tech. He's coming off arguably his best season after bouts of inconsistencies during his career with Chicago. 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 Bears, justifiably, declined to pick up his fifth-year option last offseason, which would have cost them $8.526 million for 2018. 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 difference is that the Bears would receive two first-round picks as compensation if he leaves.

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By using the tag, the Bears have until July 16 to work out a multiyear deal with Fuller, which seems to be their intention. The team surely has the capability to match any offer thrown Fuller's way when free agency starts next week. This doesn't prevent them from working out a long-term contract, which general manager Ryan Pace says is still a priority.

The only other corners on the current roster are Marcus Cooper and Cre'Von LeBlanc.

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. He posted his best season past year, intercepting two passes and deflecting 22 more, while providing the physical tackling that first drew Emery to Fuller.


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