Bears place transition tag on Fuller

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According to a report from CBS Sports almost a month ago, the Chicago Bears weren't planning to retain starting cornerback Kyle Fuller ahead of free agency.

By using the tag, the Bears have until July 16 to work out a multiyear deal with Fuller, which seems to be their intention.

The transition tag differs from the exclusive franchise tag, in that the player can negotiate with other teams.

Bears place transition tag on Fuller
Bears place transition tag on Fuller

The Bears will have the chance to match any potential contract offers Fuller receives from another team when free agency begins on March 14. The Bears would not receive any compensatory draft picks if they opted not to match such an offer. Instead, Fuller is owed $12.97 million on the transition tag. With defensive coordinator Vic Fangio still in the fold, keeping the former 14th overall pick will allow him to get creative else where given Fuller's ability to shutdown top-end receivers with little help.

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

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.

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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.

The Bears are doing all they can to hang onto cornerback Kyle Fuller. He had two promising seasons to start his career, but a knee injury forced him to miss the entire 2016 season. Their next two corners on the depth chart, Bryce Callahan and Cre'Von LeBlanc, have both played well but are better suited in the slot. He came back in 2017 and had another solid season, rehabbing his value.

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