There He Goes, Too: Kyle Fuller Has Officially Been Released (UPDATE: He's a Bronco Now!)

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There He Goes, Too: Kyle Fuller Has Officially Been Released (UPDATE: He’s a Bronco Now!)

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It took all of 33 minutes to pass between Kyle Fuller’s release and his signing with the Denver Broncos:

It’s a one-year deal worth $9.5 million that’s almost totally guaranteed. Our original post is as follows.

With the Bears settling on Andy Dalton at quarterback, the dominoes at Halas Hall are falling at other positions throughout the roster. Unfortunately, it means we’re preparing to watch some of the best and most popular players to exit the picture sooner than expected.

It’s the end of a solid run in Chicago for cornerback Kyle Fuller:

Kyle Fuller’s departure from the Bears is officially official, per the NFL’s transaction wires. That means Chicago was unable to find a trade partner willing to take Fuller and his $20 million cap hit for 2021. Instead, Fuller enters the free agent market. I imagine he will be able to get a multi-year deal in an ideal setting. The Broncos come to mind because former Bears coaches Vic Fangio and Ed Donatelle are in Denver. So do (sigh) the Packers, who signed him to an offer sheet in 2018. And as it turns out, the last year of that deal was essentially a poison pill. There is no shortage of teams needing a corner, and Fuller emerges as the best available right now.

Fuller, 29, was a first-round draft pick from the Phil Emery era. He didn’t hit his stride until 2017 while playing in his third year for Vic Fangio. After missing the 2016 season because of an injury, Fuller didn’t miss a game from 2017-20. He earned two Pro Bowl nods (2018, 2019), first-team All-Pro honors (2018), and came away with 11 interceptions and 41 passes defended during that stretch. And because he is still playing at a high level, there is an expectation Fuller will still get good money (even in a market with shrunken cap space).

As for impact on the Bears moving forward, releasing Fuller creates $11 million in salary cap space. But it comes with a dead-money hit of $9 million. It is ultimately a bitter pill to swallow. One that I’m not sure will be made up for with the signing of Marcus Trufant. In any case, this feels like a changing of the guard for the Bears. Their defense just lost a key player and could lose more in the near future.

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Author: Luis Medina

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