The Broncos acted swiftly and aggressively Saturday, agreeing to terms with cornerback Kyle Fuller on a one-year contract shortly after his release from the Chicago Bears, a source confirmed.
The deal is worth $9.5 million, according to the NFL Network. On Friday, a league executive estimated Fuller’s price would be in the $8-$10 million range.
Fuller will be reunited with Broncos coach Vic Fangio, who was the Bears’ defensive coordinator for four years (2015-18) of Fuller’s career.
The 5-foot-11, 194-pound Fuller, who turned 29 last month, continues the Broncos’ revamping of their cornerback group. Ronald Darby was signed to a three-year, $30 million contract Wednesday.
In 96 games (94 starts), Fuller has 19 interceptions and 390 tackles. His best year was 2018 (NFL-best seven interceptions). The Bears opted to cut Fuller to clear $11 million of cap space.
Fuller and Darby are expected to be the every-down cornerbacks, which moves Bryce Callahan into a sub-package/nickel role. On paper, the backup nickel is Essang Bassey, who is rehabilitating from a December torn ACL injury.
Fuller missed all of 2016 with a knee injury, but in ’15 and ’17-’20, he missed only two games and played at least 96% of the Bears’ defensive snaps in each year.
In ’16, Fuller had knee surgery in training camp, was placed on injured reserve after missing the first three games, returned to practice at the end of November, but was not activated.
During the ’17 offseason, the Bears declined to pick up Fuller’s fifth-year option. He responded with 69 tackles and two interceptions.
In March 2018, the Bears put the transition tag on Fuller, who promptly signed a four-year, $56 million offer sheet. The Bears matched the contract.
Fangio’s last year with Chicago was Fuller’s best — 21 pass break-ups and 55 tackles. He was named All-Pro and to the Pro Bowl.
In Week 2 of 2019, Fuller intercepted Joe Flacco at the goal line late in the fourth quarter of Chicago’s eventual 16-14 win over the Broncos.
This story will be updated.
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