3 reasons why Bears used transition tag on Kyle Fuller

3 reasons why Bears used transition tag on Kyle Fuller

After a strong bounce-back season in 2017 from cornerback Kyle Fuller, the Chicago Bears are giving themselves an opportunity to keep him from leaving as a free agent. For Fuller, that means a 2018 salary of $12.971 million instead of $14.975 million this season.

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.

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Bears reportedly will place the transition tag on Fuller. He needed it, after the team declined to exercise his fifth-year option.

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

. The Bears would not receive any compensatory draft picks if they opted not to match such an offer. However, in 2016-17, Fuller was forced to sit out the entire season after undergoing microscopic knee surgery. 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 had a stellar start to his career in 2014, with three interceptions and four pass breakups in his first three games, but he disappointed after that, battling injuries the next two years before a resurgent 2017 season, when he had 69 tackles, two interceptions and 22 pass breakups.

However, with his 2017 season and the team's lack of cornerback depth, Fuller has another chance at life with the Bears. Pace can also try to work out a long-term deal with Fuller, which would need to get done by the July 16 deadline. The following year, Fuller once again played a full 16-game regular-season, tallying 54 stops in all, two interceptions and nine pass defenses.

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