Bears apply the transition tag to cornerback Kyle Fuller

Hope Soto
March 7, 2018

The Chicago Bears have applied the transition tag to pending free agent cornerback Kyle Fuller, according to multiple reports. Meaning the Raiders will have to look elsewhere to upgrade their beleaguered secondary this offseason.

Given Fuller's performance this year, the Bears made a decision to apply the transition tag, a designation that gives the Bears the opportunity to match any contract offer that Fuller agrees to.

The tag guarantees Fuller a $12.971 million salary for the 2018 season and gives the Bears until July 16 to work out a long-term contract. His 22 pass breakups were tied for second in the National Football League, including six in Week 16, the most by any player in one game in 2017.

Fuller recorded 67 tackles, two interceptions and 22 pass breakups this past season, one year after sitting out the entire 2016 campaign after undergoing a knee scope in the summer.

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Dickerson covers the Chicago Bears for ESPN's NFL Nation.

The Bears know that Fuller, 26, wants to return, and if the aggressive communication Pace described has included aggressive offers, it's reasonable to believe an agreement could be reached before free agency opens, when the team will have a host of other moves to consider. Given the flexibility that the transition tag allows, it's easy to see why Pace opted for it instead of the franchise tag to keep Fuller around.

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. 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.

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

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