There was once a time where it seemed incredibly likely that Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller would be moved. He is a former first round pick with massive potential, yet one that has struggled in Chicago. While those rumors have since subsided, Fuller could still find himself traded before the start of the season.
Currently the Bears have Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper as their starters. Behind them is role players in Bryce Callahan and Cre’von LeBlanc. Outside of those four, veterans like B.W Webb and Sherrick McManis or young players like Deiondre’ Hall and Johnthan Banks could earn a role.
Fuller still has talent, but he seems to be on the outside looking in in terms of cornerback rotation. Rather than cutting him for nothing, the Bears would be smart to move him, even if for just a late round pick.
Fuller has been in the league for the past three seasons, although he missed all of 2016 with a knee injury. In 2014-15 Fuller was a focal point of the Bears offense, appearing in 32 games and starting 30. In that time Fuller made 118 combined tackles with six interceptions and four forced fumbles. He was a member of the 2014 All-Rookie team.
In terms of potential landing spots, the Philadelphia Eagles have been named as one of the most likely. GM Howie Roseman loves to trade and Philly has a clear need in the secondary. If the Eagles continue to give up long passing plays during the preseason, there’s a chance Roseman can strike again.
But the Eagles aren’t the only team who could be interested in Fuller. In fact, a new trade destination opened up following some devastating news over the weekend.
Atlanta Falcons‘ cornerback Jalen Collins was suspended 10 games due to a PED suspension on Sunday. Collins was slated to start across from Desmond Trufant in Atlanta’s starting defense.
Collins has been in the NFL for the past two seasons, appearing in 24 games and starting eight. He has complied 42 combined tackles with two interceptions and 10 passes defended.
With Collins out of the picture, the Falcons are left with Brian Poole, Robert Alford and a mix of rookies and middling veterans as their cornerback depth behind stud Desmond Trufant.
Poole is entering his sophomore season in the NFL. As a rookie he made 58 combined tackles with one interception, 10 passes defended, two fumbles recovered and a sack. After starting nine games for Atlanta in 2016 Poole is locked in as a starter in 2017. He will just have to prove that he can stay consistent over the years and that his rookie year wasn’t a fluke.
Alford has been in the NFL for four seasons, appearing in 57 games and starting 45. He has made 180 combined tackles with nine interceptions, one interception returned for a touchdown and 52 passes defended. Alford has yet to make the Pro Bowl but he has been a stud defender during his time in the NFL. He is locked into an outside role with Trufant.
Fuller likely wouldn’t start over Poole or Alford, but the Falcons are one injury away from serious cornerback problems. Trufant was forced to miss the Super Bowl last season due to a shoulder injury. In that game the Falcons gave up 466 yards passing.
Now obviously Fuller isn’t Trufant, but adding him would give the Falcons more insurance in case the injury bug strikes again. He wouldn’t cost much and helps in an obvious position of need for Atlanta.
As for the Bears, barring an outstanding preseason it seems like it’s time for the Bears to give up on their former first round pick. He has yet to perform up to standards and overall just doesn’t have a role on the defense. Trading him for the highest pick possible might make the most sense for Chicago.
It’s yet to be seen how the Kyle Fuller saga would end. But the Atlanta Falcons seem like the perfect team to land the former first round pick.
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