While the Bears are still hopeful to strike a long-term deal with Fuller, the cornerback would get a one-year, $12.97 million deal for the 2018 season.
Keeping Fuller would help the Bears shore up a position of need this offseason, as fellow cornerback Prince Amukamara also will be an unrestricted free agent, and Bryce Callahan will be a restricted free agent. He played in all 16 games, getting two interceptions, 22 pass deflections, and 60 tackles.
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Fuller was a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and had a pair of interceptions as part of a strong 2017 season after missing all of 2016 with a knee injury. He was fourth on the Bears in total tackles with 68 and was one of only two National Football League players with at least 65 tackles and 20 pass breakups. Fuller then seemingly had a falling-out with the Bears, who declined his fifth-year option.
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The Bears have plenty of money to keep Fuller and now seem motivated to retain their original investment. He came back in 2017 and had another solid season, rehabbing his value. After a resurgent 2017 season, Fuller is expected to draw significant interest on the free-agent market as one of the top available cornerbacks. This doesn't prevent them from working out a long-term contract, which general manager Ryan Pace says is still a priority. He had four interceptions, 10 pass deflections, three forced fumbles, and 64 tackles.