The Chicago Bears used the transition tag on cornerback Kyle Fuller, guaranteeing Fuller $12.971 million for 2018 and giving Chicago the right to match any offers. Meaning the Raiders will have to look elsewhere to upgrade their beleaguered secondary this offseason. 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.
His 2017 Pro Football Focus grade was an 84.3, putting him as the NFL's No. 22 cornerback, with an "above average" standing.
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Fuller, who turned 26 last month, tied for the team lead with two interceptions and also played with impressive physicality in run support, tying for the team lead with 60 solo tackles.
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Fuller was a first-round pick of the Bears in the 2014 NFL Draft. However, he 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. Given the flexibility that the transition tag allows, it's easy to see why Pace opted for it instead of the franchise tag to keep Fuller around.
By using the tag, the Bears have until July 16 to work out a multiyear deal with Fuller, which seems to be their intention.
Although Amukamara has been a solid starter for the past six seasons, Fuller clearly was the better player in 2017.
Fuller gets the tag after bouncing back from injury in 2017. Now the Bears should be able to hold onto him, and they'll save a little money compared to what they would have paid with the franchise tag.