The Detroit Lions might not be the only NFC North team looking to exercise the franchise tag. Their Chicago counter-parts could be in the running to do the same as one of their top cornerbacks is slated to hit the free agent market.
According to reports, general manager Ryan Pace could use the franchise tag on Fuller before the March 6th deadline.
Report: Franchise tag a possibility for Kyle Fuller https://t.co/F1KsxfUXD0— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 27, 2018
As the article states, Fuller would earn around $15 million next season under the tag. Seems like a high price tag to pay for a player whose production has declined since his rookie season.
The Bears put themselves in this predicament after declining Fuller's fifth-year option. Instead, it's left them with the option to pay up or let him walk in free agency. Both aren't sure things at this point in the offseason.
After allowing just 211 passing yards per game last season, Fuller will be a coveted free agent. If the Bears want to keep their young core together in the secondary, Fuller has to be their top priority.
Kyle Fuller ranked third in passer rating allowed among free agents CBs in 2017! pic.twitter.com/C3N2vNBVXE— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 21, 2018
With over $50 million in expected cap space, the Bears have money to keep Fuller under the tag, now it's just about inking that deal on paper.