Why the Packers should sign free-agent cornerback Kyle Fuller

Kyle Fuller (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
Kyle Fuller (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) /

Three years ago, the Green Bay Packers came close to signing cornerback Kyle Fuller.

After the Chicago Bears had used the transition tag, the Packers signed Fuller to an offer sheet. The Bears decided to match the offer, which meant he stayed in Chicago.

Fast forward to 2021. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Bears have released Fuller in order to create some cap space.

The Packers again have a need at cornerback and should do all they can to sign Fuller.

Twice a Pro Bowler and once a first-team All-Pro, Fuller would be a great addition to the Packers’ secondary starting opposite All-Pro Jaire Alexander. It would give Green Bay one of the league’s top cornerback partnerships and take a ton of pressure off when it comes to the draft.

Fuller didn’t miss a single game in his six years with the Bears, starting all but two games. The former 14th overall pick of the draft made 82 pass defenses and 19 interceptions over six seasons and is an excellent starting cornerback.

He turned 29 last month and is still on top of his game. Wouldn’t it be fun to see Fuller join Adrian Amos in making a successful switch from Chicago to Green Bay? Amos has been a home-run addition to the Packers’ secondary after starting his career with the Bears.

Fuller will likely draw a lot of interest across the league and could be set to land a big contract. That could make it tough for the Packers. But there are many ways they can create enough cap space to make one big free agency splash. Fuller is worth it.

Cornerback would no longer be the team’s biggest need. Green Bay could still draft a corner to develop but wouldn’t need to rely on a rookie starting opposite Alexander in Week 1.

An Alexander-Fuller combination would be one of the best in the NFL. The Packers should do all they can to make it happen.