Fuller, 29, made the Pro Bowl after the 2018 and 2019 seasons and was an All-Pro in 2018. He'll hit the open market as one of the NFL's top free agents.
Fuller carried a big cap hit
The Bears signed Fuller to a four-year, $56 million contract in 2018 after a bidding war with the rival Green Bay Packers. He was slated to earn $14 million in salary and carry a $20 million cap hit in 2021 after restructuring his contract prior to the 2020 season in an effort to create cap space. Instead, he'll hit free agency a year ahead of schedule.
Fuller has played his entire six-year NFL career with the Bears, who selected him in the first round of the 2014 draft out of Virginia Tech. The news of his release broke a day after the Bears agreed to a deal with quarterback Andy Dalton. Former Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky agreed to sign with the Buffalo Bills earlier Thursday.
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