Chicago Bears apply transition tag to cornerback Kyle Fuller
Last Updated: 07/03/18 12:10pm
The Chicago Bears have applied the transition tag to pending free agent cornerback Kyle Fuller.
The transition tag assigns Fuller a one-year salary of about $13 million while allowing other teams to sign him to an offer sheet once free agency begins on March 14. The Bears, who have more than $75 million in available cap space, would have the opportunity to match any offer made to the four-year pro.
"Kyle is a player we value," said Bears GM Ryan Pace. "This allows us to continue to work together on a long-term deal."
Barring an offer from another team, Chicago have plenty of time to reach a long-term deal with Fuller, whom they drafted 14th overall in 2014.
Unlike the franchise tag, which sets a deadline for long-term agreements to be made by July 15, the transition tag allows extension discussions to continue without a deadline.
Fuller, 26, thrived as a rookie but 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.
After a resurgent 2017 season, Fuller is expected to draw significant interest on the free-agent market as one of the top available cornerbacks.
In four NFL seasons, Fuller has registered eight interceptions and 188 tackles in 48 appearances.
In Washington, the Redskins have signed safety Deshazor Everett to a multi-year contract.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Everett was set to become a restricted free agent this offseason.
Everett has played all three of his seasons in the NFL with the Redskins, appearing in 41 games and starting eight, all of which came last season.