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3 reasons why Bears used transition tag on Kyle Fuller

3 reasons why Bears used transition tag on Kyle Fuller

3 reasons why Bears used transition tag on Kyle Fuller

The team placed the transition tag on the fourth-year cornerback Tuesday, meaning they will now have the right of first refusal to match any offer Fuller may receive from another team. Opposed to the franchise tag, the Bears won't receive any compensation should they choose not to match an offer Fuller receives from another team.

The transition tag guarantees Fuller $12.971 million in 2018 (the average of the top 10 cornerback salaries), and it gives the Bears time to work out a long-term deal with their best cornerback from 2017. His 22 pass breakups were tied for second in the National Football League, including six in Week 16, the most by any player in one game in 2017.

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. A first round draft pick in 2014, Fuller finished 2017 with a career-high 69 tackles and 22 passes defended along with two interceptions.

Dickerson covers the Chicago Bears for ESPN's NFL Nation. 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.

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Fuller gets the tag after bouncing back from injury in 2017.

The Bears have plenty of money to keep Fuller and now seem motivated to retain their original investment.

"Kyle is a player we value", said general manager Ryan Pace. He started 30 games in his first two seasons out of Virginia Tech and had six interceptions and 129 tackles. With the transition tag, the Bears can negotiate with Fuller beyond July.

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