Bears give CB Fuller transition tag

Bears not expected to use franchise tag on Kyle Fuller

Bears not expected to use franchise 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. 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.

The transition designation is a one-year tender offer for an amount that is the average of the top 10 salaries at the position - as opposed to the top five for the franchise tag. He'll have to prove his 2017 season wasn't a fluke, but Fuller's Bears future is much brighter than it was just a year ago.

Rapoport added the transition tag for cornerbacks is valued at $12.97 million next season.

Bruins acquire Nash in trade with Rangers, sign Gionta
On the year, Nash has 18 goals and 10 assists for a total of 28 points, which is tied for 8th on the Bruins with Riley Nash . It's a hefty price to pay for Nash, but he's one of the most consistent goal scorers in the National Hockey League .

Fuller, who turned 26 last month, tied for the team lead with two interceptions and also played with impressive physicality in run support, tying for the team lead with 60 solo tackles. 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. The Bears, justifiably, declined to pick up his fifth-year option last offseason, which would have cost them $8.526 million for 2018. But, after being called out by defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Fuller bounced back with his best season.

Fuller was a first-round pick of the Bears in the 2014 NFL Draft.

While some speculated there might be hesitation to give Fuller a tag after his knee injury, GM Ryan Pace clearly figures he is worth at least one more season to see if he can become the player they believed him to be before his injury. He had four interceptions, 10 pass deflections, three forced fumbles, and 64 tackles.

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