Kyle Fuller not expected to get franchise tag from Bears

The Bears made a decision to give cornerback Kyle Fuller the little-used transition tag before Tuesday's 3 p.m. deadline, leaving the former first-round pick with a $12.971 million price tag for 2018.

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.

It's worth wondering if confidence in the ability to re-sign Fuller has played into the Bears' decision to not use the tag. While it's still possible that Fuller moves on to a new organization, Chicago has applied the transition tag to Fuller and can retain him as long as they match any offer he receives.

Given Fuller's performance this year, the Bears chose to apply the transition tag, a designation that gives the Bears the opportunity to match any contract offer that Fuller agrees to. If they opt not match an offer sheet, they will get nothing in return. After a resurgent 2017 season, Fuller is expected to draw significant interest on the free-agent market as one of the top available cornerbacks. The difference is that the Bears would receive two first-round picks as compensation if he leaves. He started all 16 games, recording 68 tackles, two interceptions and a career-high 22 pass breakups. 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.

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


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.

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

  • Rosalie Stanley