Chicago used the transition tag on Fuller, giving him a guaranteed salary of nearly $13-million for 2018 and the ability to match any offer sheet he signs with another team.
The Bears just completed a 2017-18 campaign in which Chicago won just five games, marking their fourth straight losing season. But, after being called out by defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Fuller bounced back with his best season.
Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Bears reportedly will place the transition tag on Fuller.
Fuller is a coveted cornerback who enjoyed a very strong contract year last year for the Bears after missing the entirety of the 2016 season due to a knee injury and subsequent recovery.
Last offseason, the Bears opted to decline the fifth-year option on Fuller, which would've applied to the 2018 season. He played in all 16 games, getting two interceptions, 22 pass deflections, and 60 tackles. The Bears would not receive any compensatory draft picks if they opted not to match such an offer.
By using the transition tag, the Bears secure the right to match any contract offer Fuller might receive from another team. Given the flexibility that the transition tag allows, it's easy to see why Pace opted for it instead of the franchise tag to keep Fuller around. "This allows us to continue to work together on a long-term deal".
Fuller, 26, was the 14th-overall pick in the 2014 National Football League draft out of Virginia Tech. Fuller can sign a deal with another team through July 23.
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