18 March, 2018
When it comes to National Football League free agent cornerback Kyle Fuller, the Green Bay Packers began a game of chicken with the Chicago Bears. The former Virginia Tech star could now find himself the subject of a bidding war between the Bears and Packers.
Per a subsequent report from NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Bears will match the offer sheet, which guarantees Fuller $18 million and pays as much as $56 million over four years. The Packers showed interest in Breeland early in free agency before he signed a three-year, $24 million deal with the Carolina Panthers.
How the two NFC North enemies got here is interesting.
The 26-year-old Fuller is considered a key player for Chicago's defense. There were discussions within the Chicago Bears' coaching staff about Fuller's future with the team. Chicago placed transition tag ($12.9067 million on Fuller).
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They decided against using the franchise tag, which have paid $14.975 million but would have prevented other teams from swooping in. But even if they don't, the Packers worked the system in their favor. If they don't, Fuller will become a Packer.
There was some skepticism regarding the Packers going after Kyle Fuller. Fuller very likely would not have received an offer from another team in that situation, as any team would owe the Bears two first-round picks if Chicago chose not to match the offer.
The Green Bay Packers are looking to solve their cornerback problem while making one of their biggest rivals weaker. 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 have roughly $66 million in salary-cap room, which made it easy for them to match the Packers' offer. The Packers now have to figure out how to fix their hole at cornerback.