Kyle Fuller gets $4 million more per year than Bears had offered

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Before Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller signed an offer sheet with the Packers, the best offer the Bears had made to him averaged $10 million per year, per a source with knowledge of the negotiations. Fuller emerges instead with a four-year deal worth $14 million per year.

The deal includes an $18 million signing bonus, payable within 10 days. Contrast that with the $13 million transition tender, which would have been paid out in 17 installments from September through December.

The deal also includes a $1 million base salary in 2018, $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses, and a $500,000 workout bonus. That’s cash flow of $20 million in the first year.

The cash flow through two years is $29 million, and it’s $42 million through three. The full value of the deal is $56 million over four.

The structure reflects what the Packers do with every player except Aaron Rodgers: No guarantees beyond the signing bonus. The fact that the Packers extended the offer sheet continues to be surprising, in part because it goes against their past approach to free agency, and in part because the money and cap space could have been tied up for as many as five days, if the Bears had decided to take their full allotment of time to ponder whether to match.

The end result is that the Packers negotiated the deal for the Bears, at no cost to Chicago. At a minimum, the Bears should give Abe Froman a call and send a gift basket full of pork products to Green Bay.

78 responses to “Kyle Fuller gets $4 million more per year than Bears had offered

  1. GB show desperation, ironic they are battling for free agency with the team they’ll be battling for 4th place in the NFC North. Keep playing checkers, GB, while the Vikings play Chess…

  2. “Way to force their hand, and dominate free agency in the process”

    Even the Jets didn’t want Wilkerson. “dominate” sure. Fuller wasn’t going anywhere. Forced the Bear’s hand so much they matched within hours.

  3. While the Vikings, Eagles, Rams & Saints have all improved their teams and look to be serious contenders in the NFC next season, it’s cute to watch the bottom-feeders like the Bears and Packers playing their little offer sheet games as they battle for third place in the NFC North. At this point, I’d give a slight edge to the Bears.

  4. This is hilarious! The Viking trolls actually act, talk, and sound like the Vikings have accomplished something.

    What?

  5. Bears didn’t play anybody. The article isn’t clear, but Fuller is with the Bears. They matched an offer sheet, which was their right. It counts against the Bears’ cap, not the Packers. And the Bears were forced to do something they never do – pay someone. With the exception of Glennon the McCaskeys haven’t paid anyone in decades. The Pack wanted their guy – they didn’t get him. But they forced the Bears to match the offer sheet.

  6. Thank you Pack for negotiating us a great deal! Got another year to see if he’s as good as this year with only 20 mil guaranteed for a possible shutdown corner! What a deal!!! Thank you again!!

  7. allight59 says:
    March 16, 2018 at 8:40 pm
    GB show desperation, ironic they are battling for free agency with the team they’ll be battling for 4th place in the NFC North. Keep playing checkers, GB, while the Vikings play Chess…
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    Yes, the Barneys should stick to chess, because we all know they can’t win a Damn thing playing football.

  8. Smart move by Green Bay. Cornered a division rival into locking up one player and eating a fat chunk of cap space that they could’ve used elsewhere.

  9. This is hilarious! The Viking trolls actually act, talk, and sound like the Vikings have accomplished something.

    What?
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    What has GB done? Let a play maker go, signed a washed up TE and some DE who is about as good as Clay Matthews. Packer fans need to shut the hell up. The green Jesus will not save you, football is a team sport.

  10. da Bears should look at the Honey Badger (S) Slot-CB is an up grade over Fuller and can play multiple positions for Vic’s Defense. Also Vinny Curry (DL) could be interesting at the going rates maybe a one year deal? What is the deal on B. Breeland (CB) cut foot infection? But when will he be NFL ready? Look for discount then use #8 and/or #39 on a starting CB of Vic’s choice!! Then maybe come back to the second most targeted CB in the NFL last year!!

  11. millertime953 says:
    March 16, 2018 at 9:11 pm
    The Queen fans are more obsessed with what Green Bay does than their own team. Very flattering!
    *****
    I think you mean obsessed by what the Packers are not doing (unless signing a backup QB from an 0-16 team is doing something).

  12. This is Rodgers last season on Green Bay anyways. GB won’t pay him and the Vikings just set the stage with Rodgers demands being in the form of a fully guaranteed deal. Rodgers will go play for the LA Chargers after Rivers completes his last season with them this coming year. The pack should have traded him to the Browns for 1,4, 2nd rounder, and future first

  13. ninefingers9 says:
    March 16, 2018 at 9:27 pm
    Hey Stella, there is one thing, the V beat the Packas last year…twice!
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    Yes, and we give you credit for those “SuperBowls.”

    What else?

  14. cheeseisfattening says:
    March 16, 2018 at 9:22 pm
    LOL OMG It takes 4 million over market value to get a player to go to Green Bay.

    Thanks for the laughs on a 2nd straight Friday.
    ______________________

    You want to hear something even more amusing?
    A Barney RB actually gave the team a refund in order to get away from that horrible organization sooner than he signed for.
    Let that sink in for a moment.

  15. cjweber5187 says:
    March 16, 2018 at 9:09 pm
    Smart move by Green Bay. Cornered a division rival into locking up one player and eating a fat chunk of cap space that they could’ve used elsewhere

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    Everyone knew if Fuller stayed with da bears pack fan would say how smart they were, driving up the price. But in reality your secondary still is in chambles and the Bears secondary just got stronger.

  16. Reality check Viking fans, the last time we saw your team they were getting their ass kicked from one side of the field to the other by the Eagles. Now you sound like the Superbowl is a given, don’t think so.

  17. cheeseisfattening says:
    March 16, 2018 at 9:22 pm
    LOL OMG It takes 4 million over market value to get a player to go to Green Bay.

    Thanks for the laughs on a 2nd straight Friday.
    __________________________

    You want to know something even more amusing?
    A Barney Runningback gave that horrible organization a refund just to get out of there a year early.
    Let that sink in for a moment.

  18. “Reddzen wrote – With the exception of Glennon the McCaskeys haven’t paid anyone in decades.”

    That is the dumbest quote of 2018! They paid Jay Cutler and Julius Peppers a boat load of money! Kyle Fuller just got over paid. Stop spreading your Fake News.

  19. taintedsaints2009 says:
    March 16, 2018 at 10:16 pm
    Official: such short memories you packer fans have. Remember the falcons game?
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    Yes, I remember that Championship game all too well.
    Green Bay got beat by a better team.
    But at least they earned their way there with wins over the Giants and Cowboys.
    They didn’t get there because of some fluke missed tackle on the last play of the game.
    What’s truly so funny about that, Barney fans actually strut around these boards like their team actually won something significant.
    Like they finally accomplished something.
    skoLOL!

  20. allight59 says:
    March 16, 2018 at 8:40 pm
    GB show desperation, ironic they are battling for free agency with the team they’ll be battling for 4th place in the NFC North. Keep playing checkers, GB, while the Vikings play Chess… ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- the vikings have been playing chess for years, and that trophy case is getting so full you awesome chess players!!! oh one more thing, were the vikings playing chess against the eagles?

  21. It’s sad that I have to sift through dozens of insecure purple posts just to see what real nfl fans have to say. What an angry, bitter bunch they are. 57 years of futility will do that I guess.

  22. GB show desperation, ironic they are battling for free agency with the team they’ll be battling for 4th place in the NFC North. Keep playing checkers, GB, while the Vikings play Chess
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    Yeah, you guys are the Bobby Fischer of the NFL. Everyone says so. Just look at the sustained run of success! How many championships is it now? Too many to count almost!

  23. taintedsaints2009 says:
    March 16, 2018 at 10:16 pm
    Official: such short memories you packer fans have. Remember the falcons game?

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    wafflestomp says:
    March 16, 2018 at 10:28 pm
    taintedsaints2009 says:
    March 16, 2018 at 10:16 pm
    Official: such short memories you packer fans have. Remember the falcons game?
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    Yes, I remember that Championship game all too well.
    Green Bay got beat by a better team.
    But at least they earned their way there with wins over the Giants and Cowboys.
    They didn’t get there because of some fluke missed tackle on the last play of the game.
    What’s truly so funny about that, Barney fans actually strut around these boards like their team actually won something significant.
    Like they finally accomplished something.

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    But if it was Rodgers it would have been the greatest play ever. Packers are in for dark days. It will be nice though not seeing AR jerseys stretched over the rolls of men and women at the local Hy-Vee on Sundays when they should be at home watching the game.

  24. Looked like Fuller played pretty damn well last year. Not sure he’s a $14M/yr CB, but the Bears had little choice. Also looks like that waffle guy has been forced to revert to the moldy old trophy case argument again while his team continues to search for CBs.

  25. wafflestomp says:
    March 16, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    You want to know something even more amusing?
    A Barney Runningback gave that horrible organization a refund just to get out of there a year early.
    Let that sink in for a moment.

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    First I hope you saved your receipt for Jimmy, so when you go try to get a refund for money horribly spent, like you did last year with Bennett, you can get it back.

    Second, Murray restructured to stay with the team, because if he didn’t he would have been been cut prior to the end of the day. With McKinnon getting 7.5 I’m sure he would have gotten at least 5 on open market, but he wanted to stay with a winner. I know you aren’t smart but if you are going to try to troll at least get the facts straight!

  26. wafflestomp says:

    But at least they earned their way there with wins over the Giants and Cowboys.

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    Earned their way so you are just ignoring the fact that the whole world knows what a catch is, and the Cowboys should have won that game except for a stupid catch rule that they will finally fix this offseason.

  27. pkrlvr says:
    March 16, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    It’s sad that I have to sift through dozens of insecure purple posts just to see what real nfl fans have to say. What an angry, bitter bunch they are. 57 years of futility will do that I guess.
    _______________________________________________________________________

    Are you serious? It’s football/entertainment and these posts are hilarious, lighten up. For the record though, the Vikings related posts are no less agonizing to sift through Packer fan posts. Don’t believe me? Go check out the hate on any of the Cousins related posts.

  28. It figures that GM Ryan Pace was low balling Fuller. Pace always has to be the smartest guy in the room.

  29. The Bears got played. I could just hear the Packers suits telling Fuller, your the middle man here but were going to get you paid and screw over the Bears because foolishly they came out and said they were going to match any offer on the transition tag. Allen Robinson is a richard coming off a bad injury, and Trey Burton was great as a third string. I see all the comments saying the Lions didn’t do enough, everyone overpaid for free agents it was crazy. Butler for 61 mill lol. Sure we might of gave Blount a million more then other teams offered but I’m so happy we did. BTW Cousins sucks.

  30. cheeseisfattening says:
    March 16, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    LOL OMG It takes 4 million over market value to get a player to go to Green Bay.
    ______________________

    LOL OMG….. wait, scratch that. You might want to brush up on the concept of “market value”. Because that’s not it.

  31. I am getting a legitimate kick out of the exuberance being displayed by the overconfident Viking fans. The Vikings have added to a defense already in bad need of help (after watching them implode during the most critical postseason game in the history of the franchise.) No gain. They then paid double for a unproven quarterback that replaces a guy with a QB rating of 98.3 and a TD to INT ratio of 3:1. No gain.

    As far as I can see, its net-net. The lemmings…….errrr……”fans” will willingly once again follow the Vikings right off the cliff.

    Good luck with that.

  32. The Packers strive to be competitive very year. They make decisions accordingly and the results have brought them very close, very often. Desperate teams with desperate expectations go “all-in” when their best intentions fail year after year.

    That’s what we’re watching again.

  33. allight59 says:
    March 16, 2018 at 8:40 pm
    GB show desperation, ironic they are battling for free agency with the team they’ll be battling for 4th place in the NFC North. Keep playing checkers, GB, while the Vikings play Chess…

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    What Green Bay did was play a game that they get a win from regardless of outcome. If this is not understood in Minnestota then whatever chess they play up there must not be very good.

  34. $42m over 3 years for Fuller is insane. It simply keeps the guy they had last year and eliminates half of their salary cap space. Thank you Packers, well done. Now go give Rogers $35m a year guaranteed.

  35. “At a minimum, the Bears should give Abe Froman a call and send a gift basket full of pork products to Green Bay.”

    Um, I’m pretty confident the caterer chef quit last season. So, just drop it off around the back of lambeau. Not the frontside. It’s still undergoing repairs.

  36. Bears saved $6.4 million in cap room this year compared to what they’d have spent on the transition tag.

    If he’s a post-June 1st cut next year, they eat $4.5 million a year in dead money.

  37. Reading this post, it’s obvious that many of our friends to the east (Stella, Wafflelo and pkrlkr) are getting nervous watching the swirling drain at Lambeau Field.

    They know what’s coming – 2017 was a repeat of 1968 when the team finished 3rd in the NFC Central with a losing record.

    Bart Starr never completed another NFL season starting in 1968 (9 games in ’68 and ’69, 13 in 70 and 3 in ’71). The Packers never had another winning season with Starr at QB.

    The Pack went from 1968 – 1994 with only 2 seasons with more than 9 wins. 22 of those seasons were 8 wins or less.

    Packer fans grew to accept a culture of losing and that era is when beating the Vikings became their Super Bowl. A tradition that has never ended.

  38. I’m certainly concerned that 3/4 of the Bears top 4 receivers are coming off injury shortened seasons, but given the lack of talent at that position via FA, they pretty much had to take a gamble on Allen Robinson. With that said, this Fuller move takes the sting out, because the Packers just gave the Bears a new $6.5m in cap space right before the second wave of free agency. As well as Fuller played last year, he kind of owed the Bears a team friendly deal to make up for all of the other years, but obviously it just doesn’t work that way. I’m glad he’s back and I’m glad that this new contract gives the Bears more money to make more improvements to a team that was in dire need of improvements. I like what Nagy and Pace have done so far. But, there is more work to do.

  39. The reason the Pack doesn’t need to address their secondary immediately is that there is a draft coming up and they have the luxury of facing Cousins twice, not Rodgers.

  40. Robinson, Meredith, Gabriel, Cohen, Howard, Burton, Sims, Shaheen, Trubisky is probably better than any other offensive roster in the NFC North. Injuries are a dime a dozen these days and don’t mean anything unless it’s career ending. They pass physicals, you genius and most of these guys are in their early 20’s.

    The Bears are going to be competitive in the NFC and the opposing divisional fans are obviously worried, that’s all this is…..Not a Bears fan, but you can’t deny what they’re doing and the Lions haven’t done (cuz their the browns of the nfc), not mention the Vikings (Cousins-lol) and the Packers just helped the Bears with Fuller.

  41. nickinneohio says:
    March 16, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    Wow! These NFC North fans really do hate each other.

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    As a Bears fan, I usually don’t see this negative activity on our articles on here. I don’t hate the Lions, Packers or Vikings fans. Your observation is spot on though, I don’t really understand the hate and vitriol. I do enjoy our division rivals, but I see no reason to act like this during March when football is 6 months away. I guess because everyone is 0-0 until September they feel they need to act like they know all the answers.

  42. gtodriver says:
    March 17, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Packer fans grew to accept a culture of losing and that era is when beating the Vikings became their Super Bowl. A tradition that has never ended.
    __________

    I have grown to accept you are the ultimate cherry picker when it comes to your arguments. A tradition some wish would end.

  43. packertruth says:
    March 17, 2018 at 1:36 pm
    I have grown to accept you are the ultimate cherry picker when it comes to your arguments. A tradition some wish would end.
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    You are 100% correct about this guy, goatherder. He will deceive by omission, twist the truth, spin facts, anything to suit his personal agenda. He’s a fight-picker, which is a common trait amongst Viking fans, particularly because they can do it anonymously.

  44. nickinneohio says:
    March 16, 2018 at 11:14 pm
    Wow! These NFC North fans really do hate each other

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    Well to be honest, no one hates the lions or bears. They kind of beat themselves up every year.

  45. vikesryerdaddy says:
    March 16, 2018 at 11:20 pm
    pkrlvr says:
    March 16, 2018 at 10:46 pm
    It’s sad that I have to sift through dozens of insecure purple posts just to see what real nfl fans have to say. What an angry, bitter bunch they are. 57 years of futility will do that I guess.
    _______________________________________________________________________
    Are you serious? It’s football/entertainment and these posts are hilarious, lighten up. For the record though, the Vikings related posts are no less agonizing to sift through Packer fan posts. Don’t believe me? Go check out the hate on any of the Cousins related posts.
    ——
    Yes! Packer trolls act like only Viking trolls exist. It is a phenomenon uniquely Packer fan..

  46. When is this “we will be more active in FA” going to start in GB. Many defensive stars have come and gone and now Slater from NE and Curry from the eagles are out there. No interest from the pack. I guess with Rodgers contract coming up, as the soup nazi would say “No FA for you”

  47. To Chicago fans, thank you for showing that you are the class of the NFC North. I am so sick and tired of Minnesota and Green Bay fans on here. They should all be banned.

  48. Let’s put this into perspective. Josh Norman is getting 15 mil. this year. Kyle Fuller is getting 14 mil. Aqib Talib 9.5 mil. Richard Sherman 9 mil. Fuller has had one good season where he was the 10th ranked CB according to BleacherReport. On the surface, it seems a sure thing that the Bears over payed, but best to revisit this in January.

  49. You have to cut the Packers some slack.
    1) They are not used to doing anything in Free Agency so they are kind of rookies at it. They have not been as bad in their decisions as the Cardinals or Giants, but pretty bad.
    2) The fans are not used to being not predicted to be the head of the division. Even ESPN has finally got the message that the Vikings have won the last 2 out of 3 years. The Herd realizes that the Vikings are the Kings of the North for now and probably for the forseeable future.

  50. this s all toooooo funny “ohh way to go pack for making a division rival eat a chunk of the cap. Umm foilks its $20 Mill for 1 year and 18 is a signing bonus, Bears were in the top 4 or 5 teams in available cap space. After this years its at most 29 mill for the next 2 years, which for how he played last year is a bargain. Geez packer fans are clueless.

  51. Packer fans grew to accept a culture of losing and that era is when beating the Vikings became their Super Bowl. A tradition that has never ended.
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    How many teams have had more success since Ron Wolf took over back in ’92?

    New England
    Dallas
    Denver
    Pittsburgh

    Only 3 losing seasons in 26 years.

    Its a critical offseason. This is the thinnest roster the Packers have had since 2005, but they’re not losers yet.

  52. ajzinnecker says:
    March 19, 2018 at 11:37 am
    Another quality defensive player avoiding Green Bay. Because they know that their defense is never good.
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    If Fuller was intent on “avoiding” Green Bay, then why did he sign their offer sheet?

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