Reports: Bears match Packers' offer sheet to CB Fuller

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The Chicago Bears didn't wait long to match the division rival Green Bay Packers' offer sheet for cornerback Kyle Fuller, doing so a few hours after it was signed, according to multiple reports.

Per NFL Network, the deal is worth $56 million over four years with $18 million guaranteed. The $14 million annual average ranks fifth among all cornerbacks -- $10,000 per year behind Patrick Peterson -- but the guarantee ranks 18th, having added just $5 million to what Chicago had already committed to Fuller.

The Bears designated Fuller with the transition tag on March 6, assigning the three-year veteran a $12.971 million salary for the 2018 season with the opportunity to work out a long-term deal over the next several months. Chicago also owned the right to match any offer from other teams, without any compensation coming its way if it were to pass.

After Fuller signed the Packers' offer sheet on Friday, the Bears had five business days to match, but they needed only a few hours.

Fuller, 26, has not been able to duplicate his strong rookie season in 2014 (14 starts, four interceptions) after the Bears selected him in the first round (No. 14 overall). He struggled in 2015, then missed the entire 2016 season with knee issues and faced numerous training-camp challenges entering the 2017 season.

With his job on the line in 2017, Fuller played like a No. 1 cornerback with two interceptions, 67 tackles and an NFL-high 22 pass breakups according to Pro Football Focus. In his three NFL seasons, Fuller has eight career interceptions and 156 tackles.

The Bears re-signed cornerback Prince Amukamara earlier this offseason to a three-year deal reportedly worth $27 million.

The Packers have been more active than normal in the first week of free agency, adding veteran tight end Jimmy Graham from Seattle and former New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson. Green Bay also acquired backup quarterback DeShone Kizer from the Cleveland Browns for cornerback Damarious Randall.

--Field Level Media