Bears Use Transition Tag On Cornerback Kyle Fuller

The Chicago Bears have applied the transition tag to pending free agent cornerback Kyle Fuller, according to multiple reports.

It's worth wondering if confidence in the ability to re-sign Fuller has played into the Bears' decision to not use the tag.

The franchise tag would have cost the Bears $14.975 million (average of the top five CB salaries) for Fuller this year.

Fuller can negotiate with other teams under the transition tag, but the Bears have the right of first refusal to match any offer sheet Fuller gets. The Bears would not receive any compensatory draft picks if they opted not to match such an offer. Fuller is the most important pending free agent for the team and keeping him would fill one of the major holes on the roster. It's also a little cheaper than the franchise tag, which would've paid Fuller around $14.9 million this year.

The Bears, however, run the risk of losing Fuller without receiving compensation.

His 2017 Pro Football Focus grade was an 84.3, putting him as the NFL's No. 22 cornerback, with an "above average" standing.

Fuller gets the tag after bouncing back from injury in 2017.

It saved his tenure with the Bears, and they want to see who the real Fuller is.

. 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.

"Kyle is a player we value", said general manager Ryan Pace. This isn't a surprise because it creates a hard situation to get a long-term deal done and, well, that's probably too rich for Fuller. He started 30 games in his first two seasons out of Virginia Tech and had six interceptions and 129 tackles.

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