3 reasons why Bears used transition tag on Kyle Fuller

Bears not expected to use franchise tag on Kyle Fuller

I can't say for sure if the transition tag will be in play, but multiple folks have told me they do not expect the Bears to franchise-tag Fuller, something that would come at a price tag of a little more than $15 million per season.

The tag guarantees Fuller a $12.971 million salary for the 2018 season and gives the Bears until July 16 to work out a long-term contract.

The team gets no compensation if they choose not to match.

In four National Football League seasons, Fuller has tallied eight interceptions, 41 passes defensed and 188 tackles across 48 appearances (46 starts). 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 started all 16 games, recording 68 tackles, two interceptions and a career-high 22 pass breakups.

Ryan Pace said at the NFL Combine that the Chicago Bears were going to be aggressive with the Kyle Fuller situation, and on Tuesday, the general manager made his move.

Seahawks Trade Defensive End Michael Bennett To Eagles
The Eagles have a rotation that will consist of Bennett, Graham, Barnett, Long, and possibly Steven Means at defensive end. Given his ability to move inside and play defensive tackle, Bennett was arguably one of the best values in football.

However the Bears do it, they know they need to keep Fuller or risk adding cornerback to the list of positions already in need of upgrade in the offseason.

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.

The only other corners on the current roster are Marcus Cooper and Cre'Von LeBlanc. But, after being called out by defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Fuller bounced back with his best season.

A first-round draft pick in 2014, Fuller appeared in all 32 games over his first two seasons and had 19 passes defensed with six interceptions.

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