Chicago Bears: 6 Probable salary-cap cuts if team rebuilds in 2021
Could Kyle Fuller be playing his last game for the Chicago Bears?
This would be a big blow to the defense if the Chicago Bears chose to cut Kyle Fuller this season. Ideally, every player on this list will be traded as opposed to just released, but that is not always a possibility. Remember other teams are going to be in a similar situation as the Bears due to the drop in the salary cap. This means some of the larger contracts may not be able to be absorbed by other teams, especially when considering the draft capital or players they are having to give up.
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Right now, the Chicago Bears have one of the best cornerback duos in the NFL. The outstanding play by Jaylon Johnson this season may help soften the blow of losing Fuller in 2021. Johnson has, in my opinion, been playing well enough to push for Defensive Rookie of the Year (DROY). When targeting Johnson, he is only allowing 50.8 percent of passes to be completed, however, he still does not have an interception (has helped create a few though)
Fuller is having an even better year than Johnson. He is only allowing 46.7 percent of passes to be completed when targeted. Shockingly, Fuller only has one interception this year after picking off seven in 2018 and three in 2019. Clearly Fuller is starting to get the Darrelle Revis effect as the number of targets he has seen per game has decreased every year since 2018. The one downfall to Fuller has been his missed tackles. Those have jumped up 22.7 percent this year. Yikes.
The reason Fuller could be a cap casualty in 2021 is his contract. Next year, Fuller will account for $20 million dollars. However, if the Chicago Bears cut him, they will only owe him $9 million dollars, saving them $11 million dollars. I’d hate to see him go, especially for nothing, but based on his contract that is exactly what could happen.