Kyle Fuller not expected to get franchise tag from Bears

Kyle Fuller not expected to get franchise tag from Bears

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. Meaning the Raiders will have to look elsewhere to upgrade their beleaguered secondary this offseason.

Chicago used the transition tag on Fuller, giving him a guaranteed salary of nearly $13-million for 2018 and the ability to match any offer sheet he signs with another team.

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

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Fuller missed the entire 2016 season after a preseason arthroscopic procedure on his knee, which prompted the Bears to decline the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. 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.

Last week at the scouting combine in Indianapolis, Bears general manager Ryan Pace characterized the team's talks with Fuller as, "pretty aggressive", and added, "Obviously we like Kyle, and he had a good season, and we're happy with the way he's progressed". "This allows us to continue to work together on a long-term deal".

The only other corners on the current roster are Marcus Cooper and Cre'Von LeBlanc. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will return in 2018, and now so will Fuller. The following year, Fuller once again played a full 16-game regular-season, tallying 54 stops in all, two interceptions and nine pass defenses.