Broncos Expected To Pursue Kyle Fuller

Now a free agent, Kyle Fuller figures to have some options. One will be in Denver with his former defensive coordinator.

The Broncos are expected to make a “strong push” to sign the veteran cornerback, Mike Garafolo of tweets. Vic Fangio coached Fuller for four seasons as Chicago’s D-coordinator. New Denver GM George Paton was with the Vikings throughout Fuller’s Bears career.

It should not be ruled out, as the Raiders have shown this week, that the Bears could find a trade partner at the 11th hour. But the team likely discussed Fuller with other teams before cutting him. Fuller was due to make $13MM as part of his 2018 contract, which the Packers constructed after the Bears transition-tagged him.

While the Broncos made a key addition in Ronald Darby, they still have a need at cornerback. They also roster ex-Fuller teammate Bryce Callahan, who is going into his third season with the team. Callahan has shown the ability to play outside and in the slot, his strength, but he has battled significant injury issues that would prevent the Broncos from counting on him. Callahan missed all of the 2019 season and was limited to 10 games last season.

Denver entered free agency targeting more than one cornerback, and Mike Klis of 9News notes the team made an offer to Michael Davis early this week (Twitter link). The Chargers, however, re-signed Davis. Fuller, 28, certainly carries a higher profile. The Broncos not adding another will make corner a logical target at No. 9 overall.

The Bears drafted Fuller before Fangio’s 2015 arrival, taking him in the 2014 first round, but he still broke out during Fangio’s run. The Bears passed on Fuller’s fifth-year option in 2017, but he delivered a first-team All-Pro 2018 season in Fangio’s Chicago finale. Considering the Packers signed Fuller to the offer sheet three years ago, they may be back in the mix for him as well. Other teams figure to inquire too, but Fangio’s presence may be pivotal for the Broncos.

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4 comments on “Broncos Expected To Pursue Kyle Fuller

  1. beerncheese

    He is still a very good corner and I sure hope the Packers try to get him. But I think it will be tough to make any big $ signings until they restructure Rodgers.

  2. shortsighted

    Read where Denver wants him. Fangio knows a good player. This now looks like the start of a draft tank for next year. I will say this, Fuller did not have a great year last year and he has been known to be beaten long. I think with Robinson signing his contract they may trade him next.

    • Ak185

      The only question here becomes what to do with Bryce Callahan. Callahan is really best in the slot, and Fuller is as well. Denver could put either outside but then they’d expose that player to being beaten deep, which is not either player’s strength. Fuller is a good player but Denver seems to have a player at his position. I’d like to see them get some linebacker help though.

  3. 3Tavgreg

    He’d make a good CB pair with White, if the Bills can find the cap space.

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