Bears apply transition tag on CB Fuller

Bears apply transition tag on CB Fuller

Bears apply transition tag on CB Fuller

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.

Keeping Fuller would help the Bears shore up a position of need this offseason, as fellow cornerback Prince Amukamara also will be an unrestricted free agent, and Bryce Callahan will be a restricted free agent.

The transition tag assigns Fuller a one-year salary of about $13 million, while allowing other teams to sign him to an offer sheet once free agency begins March 14.

The Bears had a mostly forgettable 2017, going just 5-11 which included a quarterback change from Mike Glennon to Mitchell Trubisky. While the Bears did not use the franchise tag, they did apply a tag that gives them control over whether or not they ultimately lose Fuller. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will return in 2018, and now so will Fuller.

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Bears reportedly will place the transition tag on Fuller. If the Bears refuse to match, they would receive no compensation. "This allows us to continue to work together on a long-term deal".

In four National Football League seasons, Fuller has tallied eight interceptions, 41 passes defensed and 188 tackles across 48 appearances (46 starts).

That's bad news for Chiefs fans who wanted to see their favorite team bring in Kyle Fuller to play alongside his younger brother, Kendall Fuller, who was a primary part of the prize when they traded Alex Smith to Washington in January. However, in 2016-17, Fuller was forced to sit out the entire season after undergoing microscopic knee surgery.

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