Kyle Fuller likely to remain with Chicago Bears after all

According to a report from CBS Sports almost a month ago, the Chicago Bears weren't planning to retain starting cornerback Kyle Fuller ahead of free agency.

The transition tag would pay Fuller $12.97 million this season and the Bears will have until July 16 to come to terms with Fuller on a multi-year deal. 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. While the Bears did not use the franchise tag, they did apply a tag that gives them control over whether or not they ultimately lose Fuller.

The team placed the transition tag on the fourth-year cornerback on Tuesday, meaning they will now have the right of first refusal to match any offer he may receive from another team. If the Bears refuse to match, they would receive no compensation.

A first-round draft pick in 2014, Fuller appeared in all 32 games over his first two seasons and had 19 passes defensed with six interceptions.

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Oakland trotted out one of the worst secondaries in football in 2017. They shouldn't have much trouble matching an offer and keeping Fuller around.

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

Fuller gets the tag after bouncing back from injury in 2017. Fuller then seemingly had a falling-out with the Bears, who declined his fifth-year option.

Although Amukamara has been a solid starter for the past six seasons, Fuller clearly was the better player in 2017. He had four interceptions, 10 pass deflections, three forced fumbles, and 64 tackles.

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