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Bears put transition tag on Fuller

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The Bears on Tuesday placed a transition tag on cornerback Kyle Fuller.

With the transition tag, the Bears have the right to match any contract offer that Fuller receives from another NFL team, though they would not receive any compensation if they opted not to match the offer. Fuller can sign with another team through July 23.

Fuller, who was due to become an unrestricted free agent, had a resurgent 2017 season after missing the entire 2016 campaign following knee surgery. He started all 16 games, recording 68 tackles, two interceptions and a career-high 22 pass breakups.

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Cornerback Kyle Fuller celebrates after intercepting a pass last season in a game against the San Francisco 49ers.

"Kyle is a player we value," said general manager Ryan Pace. "This allows us to continue to work together on a long-term deal."

The Bears had until 3 p.m. (CT) Tuesday to tag Fuller.

Fuller's 22 PBUs were tied for the second most by a Bears player since 1991 and his six PBUs in a Week 16 win over the Browns were the most by an NFL player in 2017 and the most by a Bears player since the stat first began to be tracked in 1994.

Fuller was selected by the Bears with the 14th pick in the first round of the 2014 draft out of Virginia Tech. He has appeared in 48 games with 46 starts over four seasons, registering 196 tackles, eight interceptions and three forced fumbles.

NFL players who receive a transition tag are assured of a one-year contract for a salary that's determined by a complex formula that includes the average of the 10 highest paid players at the same position over the previous five seasons.

Players who receive a franchise tag are assured of a one-year contract for a salary that's determined by a complex formula that includes the average of the five highest paid players at the same position over the previous five seasons.

Players who receive an exclusive franchise tag can only negotiate with their current team. Those with a non-exclusive franchise tag can sign with another club, though their original team can match the offer or receive two first-round draft picks if they choose not to match the deal.

NFL teams are permitted to only use one franchise or transition tag per year. The one-year tender amounts for cornerbacks reportedly are $14.975 million for the franchise tag and $12.971 million for the transition tag.

Fuller was the only NFL player to receive a transition tag. Five players received franchise tags: Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, Rams safety Lamarcus Joyner, Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry and Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence.

Notable players who did not receive a franchise or transition tag included Vikings quarterback Case Keenum, Panthers offensive lineman Andrew Norwell, Seahawks defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson and Rams receiver Sammy Watkins.

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