Will Kyle Fuller wind up on the trade block?

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 01: Kyle Fuller
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 01: Kyle Fuller /

Kyle Fuller has been a pleasant surprise in training camp so far. Could this make him a tradeable asset?

Everybody knows the story surrounding Kyle Fuller by now. The first round pick exploded in his rookie season and has been on a free falling roller coaster ride to a fringe roster player by his fourth season. Injury aided his fall, missing the entire 2016 season.

The Bears declined his fifth-year option, making him an unrestricted free agent next season. They also signed Marcus Cooper and Prince Amukamara this offseason, showing that they are not committed to Fuller in any way, this season or moving forward.

Fuller has received praise for his first week or so in training camp in 2017. It looks like the former Virginia Tech cornerback sees this as one of his last real chances in the NFL to see a strong payday, and he is attempting to take advantage.

Still, there is no guarantee for Fuller to make the roster, and even if he does, there is certainly no guarantee that he will see the starting time that will be required for him to see a contract this offseason.

Amongst speculation that he may be cut, some Eagles beat writers suggested that they would be very open to trading for Fuller. So if the Eagles do come in with an offer, is this something the Bears should be interested in.

The short answer is yes. As mentioned, this team has no long term ties to him. In fact, this is a new defensive scheme and an entirely new front office in Chicago since he has been drafted. The Bears are a team with more than just one hole on the roster, and after investing in a rookie quarterback via the NFL draft, the team is now committed to a long term rebuild rather than a win-now ideology.

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It would be a later round draft pick, and it would be conditional, but it is a cheap four-year contract nonetheless that the Bears would get back for Fuller. Fuller likely needs a new home after his rocky road in Chicago. The Bears need young assets that are tied down for the foreseeable future. The Bears should continue to praise Fuller in the media, give him a chance to shine in preseason, and then, if the right trade is there, they should take it and move on from the fourth-year corner.