The Chicago Bears are releasing two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Kyle Fuller in an effort to create salary cap space, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
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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