Kansas City’s favorite football reporter Jason La Canfora came out with some very interesting news Friday afternoon in his Difficult decisions all 32 teams have ahead in the 2018 NFL offseason article for CBS Sports.
Per La Canfora on the Chicago Bears’ Kyle Fuller:
Re-signing corner Kyle Fuller should be a priority but he’s going to find a lucrative market ahead and will not be returning to Chicago, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Kyle is the 26-year-old older brother of 23-year-old Kendall Fuller, who the Chiefs acquired along with a third-round pick in the deal that sent Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins.
We already addressed just how good Kendall Fuller is in a RealMNChiefsfan film review, especially in the slot.
CB Kendall Fuller allowed a 55.0 passer rating when covering the slot in 2017. The LOWEST mark in the NFL this season!— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) January 31, 2018
(min. 150 snaps in slot coverage)
His success in the slot has always had me curious about how the Chiefs will use him. Would the Chiefs primarily use Fuller in nickel and dime packages and go after another cornerback to start in the 3-4 base whether it be via the draft or free agency?
Now that Kyle is reportedly out in Chicago, would he negotiate with the Chiefs in order to play with his younger brother?
After missing the entire 2016 season due to a knee injury, Kyle Fuller broke out with the Bears, starting all 16 games while recording a team-high 22 passes defensed and two interceptions. He also allowed just a 69.0 passer rating despite being thrown at the most in the league—119 times (Pro Football Focus). Those are amazing numbers.
And the Chiefs have cornerback spots to fill. The Chiefs have already cut Darrelle Revis and Kenneth Acker, Philip Gaines and Terrance Mitchell are all set to become unrestricted free agents.
Signing Kyle would be, of course, a dream, as there are obstacles preventing that.
Kyle is among the top 10 free agent cornerbacks in the league and will demand a salary to reflect that, all the while the Chiefs are still working out their cap. The Bears also maintain a right to franchise or transition tag Kyle if they so choose.
The assumed trade of QB Alex Smith & recent release of CB Darrelle Revis clears a healthy $21.5M in 2018 cap space for the #Chiefs, who hold just north of $8M now. https://t.co/u49L7eR8rz— Spotrac (@spotrac) February 8, 2018
(OK I am about to hit you with a few maybes so get ready)
Maybe the Bears don’t use their franchise tag...
And maybe Chiefs general manager Brett Veach clears out more cap space...
And maybe Kyle is willing to negotiate a somewhat-back-loaded deal to play with his brother Kendall...
And, if all those maybes were to come true...
LCB: Marcus Peters
SCB: Kendall Fuller
RCB: Kyle Fuller
Wow. What a turnaround from a season ago.