Bears to transition tag Kyle Fuller

Bears not expected to franchise tag CB Kyle Fuller

It also guarantees the original club the right of first refusal to match any offer the player might receive from another team.

The Bears are projected to have $49.6 million in cap space next season if Fuller signs the transition tag, per Over the Cap. Though Smith did play better later in the year under assistant head coach-defense John Pagano, that was because he was used situationally and to his strengths.

In 2017, Fuller finally broke out and replicated the success from his rookie season, compiling 67 tackles, 22 pass deflections, and a pair of interceptions while starting in all 16 games.

Fuller is a coveted cornerback who enjoyed a very strong contract year last year for the Bears after missing the entirety of the 2016 season due to a knee injury and subsequent recovery. He was fourth on the Bears in total tackles with 68 and was one of only two National Football League players with at least 65 tackles and 20 pass breakups. He came back in 2017 and had another solid season, rehabbing his value.

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The transition tag works differently than the more traditional franchise tag.

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.

However the Bears do it, they know they need to keep Fuller or risk adding cornerback to the list of positions already in need of upgrade in the offseason. With the transition tag, the Bears can negotiate with Fuller beyond July. He had four interceptions, 10 pass deflections, three forced fumbles, and 64 tackles.

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