Bears to apply the transition tag to cornerback Kyle Fuller

Kyle Fuller most likely will be back with the Bears in 2018, after the team place the transition tag on the veteran cornerback on Tuesday.

By using the tag, the Bears have until July 16 to work out a multiyear deal with Fuller, which seems to be their intention. The exclusive franchise tag makes it so the player can only negotiate with his team, and the non-exclusive franchise tag makes it so if a player signs with another team, his original team gets two first-round picks. The team surely has the capability to match any offer thrown Fuller's way when free agency starts next week.

Keeping Fuller would help the Bears shore up a position of need this offseason, as fellow cornerback Prince Amukamara also will be an unrestricted free agent, and Bryce Callahan will be a restricted free agent.

Rapoport added the transition tag for cornerbacks is valued at $12.97 million next season. 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. He posted his best season a year ago, intercepting two passes and deflecting 22 more, while providing the physical tackling that first drew Emery to Fuller.

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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. However, he struggled in 2015 and missed all of 2016 due to arthroscopic knee surgery, leading the Bears to decline the fifth-year option of his rookie contract last April.

The only other corners on the current roster are Marcus Cooper and Cre'Von LeBlanc.

Why did the Bears give Fuller the transition tag?

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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