On Friday afternoon cornerback Kyle Fuller signed an offer sheet to join the Green Bay Packers. However, since the Chicago Bears had placed the transition tag on Kyle Fuller, the Bears had five days to match this offer sheet. Chicago did not hesitate to match the offer sheet and now they have locked up their star cornerback for the next four seasons. The contract is for $56 million, but only has $18 million in guaranteed money. Ian Rapoport reported the deal via twitter.
On the #Bears and CB Kyle Fuller: Getting a 4-year deal for $56M is a huge win for him and his team. It’s impossible to get this done on the transition tag and they did it using the #Packers structure. For $14M a year, Fuller has security. Big day for all.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2018
It’s a 4-year deal worth $56M. The key number is $18M guaranteed. Fuller already had $13M guaranteed from the translation tag. For $5M more guaranteed, they get him long-term??
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2018
Chicago selected Fuller with the 14th pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Fuller started 14 games as a rookie and started every game in 2015. After missing all of the 2016 season, Kyle Fuller came back in 2017 just as good as ever. In 2017, Fuller had two interceptions and set career-highs with 69 tackles and 22 passes defended. At only 26, Chicago is locking down Kyle Fuller in what would most likely be the prime of his career as he is coming off his best season as a pro and will be 30 years old when his current contract is up.
The Bears have done a successful job retaining their secondary from last season as they have re-signed their other starting cornerback Prince Amukamara earlier in the week.