Bears apply transition tag on CB Kyle Fuller

Bears apply transition tag on CB Kyle Fuller

Bears apply transition tag on CB Kyle Fuller

While the Bears are still hopeful to strike a long-term deal with Fuller, the cornerback would get a one-year, $12.97 million deal for the 2018 season.

The Bears could benefit from other players around the league who weren't given the franchise tag.

The transition designation is a one-year tender offer for an amount that is the average of the top 10 salaries at the position - as opposed to the top five for the franchise tag. If the Bears refuse to match, they would receive no compensation.

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". 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.

The Bears have plenty of money to keep Fuller and now seem motivated to retain their original investment.

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The Bears are doing all they can to hang onto cornerback Kyle Fuller.

Fuller had a stellar start to his career in 2014, with three interceptions and four pass breakups in his first three games, but he disappointed after that, battling injuries the next two years before a resurgent 2017 season, when he had 69 tackles, two interceptions and 22 pass breakups.

Although Amukamara has been a solid starter for the past six seasons, Fuller clearly was the better player in 2017.

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

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