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Report | Bears to transition tag Kyle Fuller

Matthew Schmidt



Dec 10, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
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The Chicago Bears will transition tag cornerback Kyle Fuller, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL .com. Due to the Bears’ very manageable salary cap situation, Chicago will have the ability to match any offer that Fuller would receive.

Fuller is coming off a 2017-18 campaign in which he registered 68 total tackles, two interceptions and 22 pass defenses, the latter of which was good for second in the league. The 26-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Virginia Tech, was originally selected by the Bears in the first round (14th pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

He was immediately inserted into the lineup as a starter during his rookie season, finishing with 64 total tackles, four picks, three forced fumbles and 10 pass defenses. The following year, Fuller once again played a full 16-game regular-season, tallying 54 stops in all, two interceptions and nine pass defenses. However, in 2016-17, Fuller was forced to sit out the entire season after undergoing microscopic knee surgery. It marked the only time in his young NFL career that he did not appear in all 16 contests during a regular season.

The Bears just completed a 2017-18 campaign in which Chicago won just five games, marking their fourth straight losing season. The NFC North franchise has not reached the postseason since back in 2010-11, when it won 10 regular-season games and made it all the way to the NFC Championship Game before falling to the arch rival Green Bay Packers. Overall, the Bears have reached the postseason just once since 2007-08 and have only posted one winning season since 2011-12.

Matthew Schmidt is a life-long sports fan who was born and raised in New Jersey, which makes the fact that he is a Celtics and Marlins fan kind of peculiar. Don't worry; he likes the Giants in football, so his New Jersey roots have not been completely tarnished. You can also find his work at Bleacher Report and Baseline Banter.