Kyle Fuller #23 CB
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Height / Weight
6'0" / 190 lbs.
Date of Birth (Age)
February 16, 1992 (26)
Experience
5th Season
Drafted
2014 / Rd. 1 / Pk. 14 (CHI)
College
Virginia Tech
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Late on Friday, cornerback Kyle Fuller, who had been assigned the transition tag by Chicago, signed an offer sheet with the Green Bay Packers. Chicago quickly matched the offer and will retain Fuller on a long-term deal that will make Fuller one of the highest paid cornerbacks in the league. The deal is for four years and worth $56 million. There is only $18 million in guarantees, however the annual high cap hit may make long term retention difficult. A former first round draft pick, the 26 year old cornerback was impressive for Chicago last year and re-signing him was a priority for the Bears this offseason. Fuller and the Bears were having difficulty reaching a long-term deal, so Chicago applied the rarely utilized transition tag to Fuller. The transition tag is similar to a franchise tag. However, in exchange for paying a player less than the franchise tag, any other team can make an offer for the player. The tagging team still maintains the right to match any offer but is not compensated in draft picks if they fail to do so. Chicago applied the transition tag to Fuller, which would have resulted in a $13 million cap hit in 2018 as opposed to a roughly $15 million hit if they franchised him. They guessed that no one would make an offer, however their cornerback needy rivals, the Packers, called their bluff. Chicago will maintain Fuller going forward, but likely at a much higher salary than they had hoped for.

5 months ago | RotoBaller

The Chicago Bears have applied the transition tag to cornerback Kyle Fuller, according to sources. The Bears can match any offer that comes in for Fuller. Chicago could have made it easier on themselves if they would've just picked up Fuller's fifth-year option in 2016, but Fuller missed that entire season before bouncing back in 2017 with 69 combined tackles and two interceptions. He's one of their best young players on defense.

5 months ago | RotoBaller

There is a good chance the Chicago Bears place the franchise or transition tag on impending free-agent cornerback Kyle Fuller, in the opinion of the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs. The Bears didn't pick up Fuller's fifth-year option after he disappointed in 2016, but he bounced back with a career-high 61 total tackles and two interceptions in 2017 and is one of the team's better young defenders.

5 months ago | RotoBaller