REPORT: Kyle Fuller Could Wind Up a Bears Cap Casualty Today

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REPORT: Kyle Fuller Could Wind Up a Bears Cap Casualty Today

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With the Bears settling on Andy Dalton at quarterback, the dominoes at Halas Hall will start falling at other positions throughout the roster. Unfortunately, that means we must brace ourselves for some of the best and most popular players to exit the picture sooner than expected.

Like Kyle Fuller, for example:

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune hints that the Bears and cornerback Kyle Fuller could be at a breaking point. And that a cap-saving cut could happen as soon as today (in case you forgot, Fuller is entering the final year of that deal he signed to remain with the Bears after the 2017 season. And with significant needs elsewhere on the roster, the Bears might be forced to make an unpopular position to cut the two-time Pro Bowler to save cap space). But I’m sure that’s not where it started.

Considering the phrasing there, I’d venture to guess that the Bears approached Fuller with a request to re-structure his deal to lower his $20 million cap hit, but were denied. Fuller has already done so once, and because he’s in the final year of his deal, probably countered with extension offer to the Bears that, yeah, would create some cap-space now, but would probably also add dollars and years to his deal they weren’t comfortable adding. And, so, here we are … contemplating a cut.

So what’s next? Well, the Bears could cut Fuller thereby creating $11 million in cap space. Or, similarly, trading Fuller for a draft pick could net the Bears the same amount ($11M), just don’t expect the pick to be all that desirable:

Considering the Bears’ needs, adding draft capital wouldn’t hurt (and obviously, you’d prefer a trade given the equal cap space gains in either outcome), but losing Fuller sure would stink. Stay tuned.

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Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.