Bears to transition tag Kyle Fuller

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The Chicago Bears have applied the transition tag to pending free agent cornerback Kyle Fuller, according to multiple reports. Meaning the Raiders will have to look elsewhere to upgrade their beleaguered secondary this offseason.

The transition tag will pay Fuller $12.971 million for the 2018 season, as opposed to the $14.975 million he would have received under the franchise tag.

The Bears have come up with a more creative and less expensive way of keeping free-agent cornerback Kyle Fuller. Other teams can pursue Fuller with long-term deals, but the Bears retain the right to match any offer and keep Fuller, which they certainly would do, provided the offer wasn't exorbitant.

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. 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. The Bears would not receive any compensatory draft picks if they opted not to match such an offer. 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. But, after being called out by defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Fuller bounced back with his best season.

The Bears selected Fuller 14th overall in the 2014 National Football League draft, and his rookie season was an electric one.

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