The Chicago Bears had a serious choice to make on free agent-to-be Kyle Fuller. Meaning the Raiders will have to look elsewhere to upgrade their beleaguered secondary this offseason. What the transition tag does is enable the Bears the opportunity to match any offer thrown Fuller's way by another team.
The Bears are projected to have $49.6 million in cap space next season if Fuller signs the transition tag, per Over the Cap.
Oakland trotted out one of the worst secondaries in football in 2017. Fuller is the most important pending free agent for the team and keeping him would fill one of the major holes on the roster. He posted his best season previous year, intercepting two passes and deflecting 22 more, while providing the physical tackling that first drew Emery to Fuller.
Fuller had a stellar start to his career in 2014, with three interceptions and four pass breakups in his first three games, but he disappointed after that, battling injuries the next two years before a resurgent 2017 season, when he had 69 tackles, two interceptions and 22 pass breakups. Now the Bears should be able to hold onto him, and they'll save a little money compared to what they would have paid with the franchise tag.
By using the tag, the Bears have until July 16 to work out a multiyear deal with Fuller, which seems to be their intention.