Transition tag, you're it - Bears make decision on cornerback Kyle Fuller

Grant SmithMar 07, 2018

Kyle Fuller of the Bears could become available if he doesn't re-sign with Chicago. Opposed to the franchise tag, the Bears won't receive any compensation should they choose not to match an offer Fuller receives from another team.

The transition tag would pay him $12.97m this season and the Bears will have until July 16 to come to terms on a multi-year deal.

Oakland trotted out one of the worst secondaries in football in 2017.

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

Drafted by general manager Phil Emery with the No. 14 overall pick in 2014, Fuller missed all of the 2016 season after an August knee procedure.

The Bears could benefit from other players around the league who weren't given 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. With plenty of money to spend - the Bears have the fourth-highest amount of cap space heading into 2018, per - the Bears have the resources that would seemingly dissuade teams from trying to construct an aggressive, exotic offer. But, after being called out by defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Fuller bounced back with his best season.

Last offseason, the Bears opted to decline the fifth-year option on Fuller, which would've applied to the 2018 season.

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.

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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