Rapoport added the transition tag for cornerbacks is valued at $12.97 million next season.
After the salary cap for 2018 increased by more than $10million to $177.2m, the Bears have more than $62m in cap space to easily match any offer Fuller may receive, should they choose to do so. But, after being called out by defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Fuller bounced back with his best season. He's unlikely to get the franchise tag which could open up the bidding to other teams, according to a report from Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
It saved his tenure with the Bears, and they want to see who the real Fuller is.. Now the Bears should be able to hold onto him, and they'll save a little money compared to what they would have paid with the franchise tag.
By using the tag, the Bears have until July 16 to work out a multiyear deal with Fuller, which seems to be their intention.
However, with his 2017 season and the team's lack of cornerback depth, Fuller has another chance at life with the Bears.
Fuller, 26, was the 14th-overall pick in the 2014 National Football League draft out of Virginia Tech.
Fuller, who was due to become an unrestricted free agent, had a resurgent 2017 season after missing the entire 2016 campaign following knee surgery. This year, Fuller had 22 passes defended for the Bears and grew into the sort of lockdown role on the outside that the Bears pictured when they invested such a high pick.