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Bears place transition tag on Fuller

Bears place transition tag on Fuller”

After having a solid comeback 2017 season, the Bears have made a decision to place the transition tag on cornerback Kyle Fuller, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The 26-year-old cornerback is essentially like a restricted free agent now.

Rapoport added the transition tag for cornerbacks is valued at $12.97 million next season.

Chicago used the transition tag on Fuller, giving him a guaranteed salary of nearly $13-million for 2018 and the ability to match any offer sheet he signs with another team. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will return in 2018, and now so will Fuller.

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. He needed it, after the team declined to exercise his fifth-year option.

Fuller showed promise in his first year back after having arthroscopic surgery on one of his knees in early August of 2016. If the Bears refuse to match, they would receive no compensation.

The Bears will have the chance to match any potential contract offers Fuller receives from another team when free agency begins on March 14.

In four National Football League seasons, Fuller has tallied eight interceptions, 41 passes defensed and 188 tackles across 48 appearances (46 starts). Fuller can sign a deal with another team through July 23. 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 collected three interceptions and two forced fumbles in his first three games of his rookie season.



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