In the end, the Packers probably gave the Bears a big hand in getting a long-term deal done with their top cornerback. The Packers no doubt structured their offer so that it would cost the Bears much more, although the exact terms of the offer sheet were not immediately available. Had they used the franchise tag and lost Fuller, they would have received two first-round picks. Fuller is coming back on a reported four-year, $56 million deal.
In reality, Fuller will be all but guaranteed $29 million during the first two years of the deal. So things will get interesting in the NFC North as the rivals compete for the former first-round draft pick. There were discussions within the Chicago Bears' coaching staff about Fuller's future with the team.
Fuller is the Bears' transition player, and the tag gives Chicago five days to match the offer.
They decided against using the franchise tag, which have paid $14.975 million but would have prevented other teams from swooping in.
Now that they've missed out on Fuller, the Packers could resume their pursuit of ex-Washington Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland. Rather than lose him for nothing to a division rival, the Bears apparently made a decision to pay up and keep Fuller in town as a potential foundational piece for their defense. Yes, Bears fans should be annoyed, but if it was reversed and Pace did this to the Packers, fans would be going insane.
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Fuller started 46 games for the Bears over four seasons. The Bears must match the Packers' offer, the details of which are as-yet unknown, in order to keep Fuller. That would have been despite gaining a conceivably ascending talent in Kyle Fuller.
A report says that the Green Bay Packers are a step away from grabbing one of Chicago's top defensive players. The Bears may still decide on selecting a cornerback with the No. 8 pick, however, they will have Kyle Fuller for the foreseeable future.
The Bears re-signed cornerback Prince Amukamara earlier this offseason to a three-year deal reportedly worth $27 million. The Packers now have to figure out how to fix their hole at cornerback.
Whether it's in Chicago or Green Bay, Fuller will soon cash in with a mega contract.