3 reasons why Bears used transition tag on Kyle Fuller

3 reasons why Bears used transition tag on Kyle Fuller

The Chicago Bears have applied the transition tag to pending free agent cornerback Kyle Fuller, according to multiple reports.

By using the tag, the Bears have until July 16 to work out a multiyear deal with Fuller, which seems to be their intention.

Fuller can negotiate with other teams under the transition tag, but the Bears have the right of first refusal to match any offer sheet Fuller gets. If they don't match, they don't receive any compensation from the team that does sign Fuller. Fuller is the most important pending free agent for the team and keeping him would fill one of the major holes on the roster. After a resurgent 2017 season, Fuller is expected to draw significant interest on the free-agent market as one of the top available cornerbacks. This year, Fuller had 22 passes defended for the Bears and grew into the sort of lockdown role on the outside that the Bears pictured when they invested such a high pick.

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.

The Bears didn't go as far as they couldto retain the services of Kyle Fuller, but they're not going to let him go without a fight. He came back in 2017 and had another solid season, rehabbing his value. He's more physical in run support and makes more plays on the ball than Amukamara, who will be 29 in June. Bears general manager Ryan Pace announced last April they were not picking up the 26-year-old's fifth-year contract option on his rookie deal.

Why did the Bears give Fuller the transition tag?

He had four interceptions, 10 pass deflections, three forced fumbles, and 64 tackles.