The Green Bay Packers tried to poach cornerback Kyle Fuller from the Chicago Bears shortly after free agency opened. The Bears had put the transition tag on Fuller, so they had the right to match any offer.
The Packers put in an offer and the Bears matched it about two hours later. So what were the Packers doing other than negotiating a contract for the Bears?
Packers’ general manager Brian Gutekunst spoke to that on Tuesday. Gutekunst said the Packers didn’t really think they were going to land Fuller anyway.
The deal Ball negotiated was a four-year, $56 million contract. However, the first year cap hit is just $6.5 million. There doesn’t appear to be anything in the deal that would stop the Bears from matching it.
Still, Gutekunst defended it.
The Packers still haven’t totally figured out their cornerback situation. At the moment, the starters on the outside would appear to be Kevin King and Tramon Williams. The slot would appear to be the biggest question mark.
The Packers appear to still be looking for help in free agency, but how much they’ll find remains to be seen.