The transition tag gives the Bears the right of first refusal on any contract he signs with another team during free agency. Rapoport mentions that this will cost Chicago $12.97 million for the 2018 season, assuming he doesn’t sign another contract with a team.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reported yesterday that the transition tag could be an option for Fuller, as they were interested in retaining him.
Fuller, 26, is a former first-round pick of the Bears back in 2014. He played out the final year of his four-year, $9,687,002 contract and is now in position to be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his NFL career.
It’s worth mentioning that the Bears declined Fuller’s fifth-year option last year that would have paid him $8,526,000 for the 2018 season.
In 2017, Fuller appeared in all 16 games for the Bears and recorded 69 tackles, two interceptions and 22 pass defenses. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 23 cornerback out of 120 qualifying player.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2018 NFL Free Agents list.