Packers play Bears perfectly in game of tag with CB Kyle Fuller

18 March, 2018, 01:37 | Author: Laverne Higgins
  • Packers sign Kyle Fuller to offer sheet; Bears must decide whether to match

After competing against each other for a few free agents on the open market, Green Bay got one more jab in on Chicago, signing cornerback Kyle Fuller to an offer sheet, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The deal is worth $56 million over four years with $29 million in practical guarantees, according to multiple reports, including $20 million due the first year.

Had the Bears assigned the franchise tag, they would have owed Fuller $14.975 million in 2018 with the opportunity to negotiate a long-term contract before the July 15 deadline. If Fuller doesn't live up to the money at that point, the Bears likely can get out from under the deal while paying relatively affordable money for a player they view as their top corner.

This is actually the second offer Fuller has received since Wednesday's onset of free agency.

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When the news broke, everyone knew the Packers certainly weren't going to sign Fuller to an affordable contract that they knew the Bears would match and give them Fuller at a great rate for years to come. He's upgraded the tight end position, strengthened the defensive line, made a solid trade and now has basically put the Packers in a win-win situation with Fuller. The fact that the Packers extended the offer sheet continues to be surprising, in part because it goes against their past approach to free agency, and in part because the money and cap space could have been tied up for as many as five days, if the Bears had made a decision to take their full allotment of time to ponder whether to match. They have plenty of cap space to do so. Chicago picked him in the first round of the 2014 draft.

The Packers do enter next month's NFL Draft with 12 total picks, including the 14th overall selection and six picks in the first 150, so Gutekunst will surely use several at cornerback.

Whether it's in Chicago or Green Bay, Fuller will soon cash in with a mega contract. That will make him the fifth highest paid cornerback in the NFL.

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