Facing a Tuesday afternoon deadline to decide what to do with top cornerback Kyle Fuller, the Chicago Bears have reportedly placed the transition tag on the former first-round pick.
A surprise: The #Bears are going to apply the transition tag to CB Kyle Fuller, sources say. With their cap situation, they can match any offer that would come in. This keeps a top talent at a key position on the team.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 6, 2018
Unlike the franchise tag, Chicago would receive no compensation should Fuller ultimately end up on another team. What the transition tag does is enable the Bears the opportunity to match any offer thrown Fuller’s way by another team.
A first-round pick out of Virginia Tech back in 2014, Fuller put up an uneven performance in each of his first three NFL seasons. That changed a whole heck of a lot this past season. Acting as one of the best cover guys in the league, the 26-year-old Fuller recorded 68 tackles, 22 passes defended and two interceptions.
Chicago currently finds itself north of $77 million under the cap. The team surely has the capability to match any offer thrown Fuller’s way when free agency starts next week.