LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have placed the transition tag on veteran defensive back Kyle Fuller, giving them a chance to match any offer he might receive in free agency.
The 26-year-old Fuller is considered a key player for Chicago’s defense.
The tag, announced Tuesday, guarantees Fuller $12.9 million next season.
Fuller can sign an offer sheet with another team, but the Bears get a chance to match it.
With $60 million-plus in salary-cap space, Chicago isn’t about to let Fuller escape, giving the team a chance to work out a long-term deal.
The team gets no compensation if they choose not to match.
Chicago hasn’t used a transition tag since 2001, when it was used on DL Bryan Robinson.