Facing a Tuesday afternoon deadline to decide what to do with top cornerback Kyle Fuller, the Chicago Bears have reportedly placed the transition tag on the former first-round pick. Meaning the Raiders will have to look elsewhere to upgrade their beleaguered secondary this offseason. Other teams can pursue Fuller with long-term deals, but the Bears retain the right to match any offer and keep Fuller, which they certainly would do, provided the offer wasn't exorbitant.
Had the Bears given Fuller the franchise tag, they would have had two options - to negotiate a long-term contract by mid-July or pay him $14.975 million for next season.
The 26-year-old cornerback is essentially like a restricted free agent now.
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.
Dickerson covers the Chicago Bears for ESPN's NFL Nation. It's also a little cheaper than the franchise tag, which would've paid Fuller around $14.9 million this year.
The transition tag works differently than the more traditional franchise tag. The Bears would not receive any compensatory draft picks if they opted not to match such an offer.