Bears Use Transition Tag On Cornerback Kyle Fuller

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

The transition tag will allow Chicago to match any offer that comes in and will net Fuller at least $12.97 million in salary this season from the team.

He has eight career picks and was set to be an unrestricted free agent after the Bears previously declined to pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. Cooper's future with the Bears is under evaluation, as he had a disappointing 2017.

Chicago hasn't used a transition tag since 2001, when it was used on DL Bryan Robinson. Pace can also try to work out a long-term deal with Fuller, which would need to get done by the July 16 deadline.

Fuller is coming off a 2017-18 campaign in which he registered 68 total tackles, two interceptions and 22 pass defenses, the latter of which was good for second in the league. 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.

If the Bears decide not to match, they would lose Fuller without compensation.

Kyle Fuller of the Bears could become available if he doesn't re-sign with Chicago.

Fuller is a coveted cornerback who enjoyed a very strong contract year last year for the Bears after missing the entirety of the 2016 season due to a knee injury and subsequent recovery.

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