Packers Sign Bears CB Kyle Fuller to Offer Sheet
The Packers have signed Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller to an offer sheet. The news was first reported by Chicago Tribune reporter Brad Biggs.
The Bears used the transition tag on Fuller on March 6, giving them the opportunity to match any contract offered to Fuller.
Chicago now has five days to match Green Bay's offer. If they do, Fuller will remain with the Bears. If they don't, Fuller heads to Green Bay. Unlike the franchise tag, the Bears would get no compensation for Fuller if they choose not to match the Packers' offer. NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport says the Bears planned to match, but they may not want to depending on how the Packers structured their offer.
What do we know about Fuller?
A 2014 first round pick, Fuller burst onto the scene as a rookie with four interceptions, ten passes defensed, and three forced fumbles. Though he didn't match those numbers in 2015, he still had a solid year, but missed the entire 2016 season with an injury. He bounced back with another solid year in 2017 and was Pro Football Focus's 21st-rated cornerback in the NFL.
At 6-0 and 196 pounds, Fuller is well within the physical thresholds typically used by the Packers to guide their decisions on defensive backs. Fuller tested well at the NFL Combine in 2014, running a 4.49 40-yard dash and posting a whopping 128-inch broad jump to go with an excellent 6.90 second time in the 3-cone agility drill. According to Mockdraftable, his best athletic comparisons are Gareon Conley and Darius Slay.
Will he end up in Green Bay?
Clearly the Packers are interested in Fuller and based on his past production, it's easy to see why. Unfortunately, unlike in most free agent situations, the Packers don't have full control here. If the Bears feel they can match the Packers' offer to Fuller, they will. It's hard to see them letting a promising young talent escape, especially to a division rival.
Nevertheless, it's possible the Packers offered big money to Fuller (to the extent their cap allows), and if that's the case, it could be a win-win for Green Bay. If they get Fuller, they add a competent piece to their secondary. If Chicago matches the offer, it's a roundabout way for Green Bay to stick it to a rival.
Either way, it's more evidence that Brian Gutekunst is truly willing to leave no stone unturned in his quest to improve the Packers.