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  1. 2018 Free Agency targets

    According to Spotrac Fuller’s cap number for 2018 is $6.5M, or just over half of what he was set to count against the cap under the transition tag ($12.9M). http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/chicago-bears/kyle-fuller-14423/ Had we franchise tagged him his salary this year would have been north of $15M and we still wouldn’t have found out his market value going into next offseason and almost certainly wouldn’t be able to tag him again. In all likelihood that would have meant Fuller elsewhere in 2019. The transition tag removed all those barriers to the ultimate goal of a long term deal that’s agreeable to both sides.
  2. 2018 Free Agency targets

    Didn’t Pace earn the benefit of the doubt that there is a plan in place with the tender he assigns to a player after how he played Fuller? I suspect Meredith (and maybe Callahan) got the tag he did for the exact same reason Fuller did.
  3. Green Bay signs Fuller to offer sheet; Bears match

    And Luck was a layup, no-brainer pick.
  4. 2018 Free Agency targets

    This is precisely why I think he WILL match any reasonable offer sheet. Meredith and his reps are not stupid - they have to know he’s a 2016 repeat away from $8-10M a year and $15M+ in guarantees too and in a favorable position here to do that, so I’d be pretty shocked to see him sign any kind of bridge deal type offer sheet that isn’t largely guaranteed.
  5. 2018 Draft Prospects

    I paid the $12 for the full version of FanSpeak this year which lets you do draft trades and do the FA period beforehand. I have more than gotten my money’s worth out of it.
  6. 2018 Free Agency targets

    If getting him more likely assures we won’t match an offer sheet on Meredith (which it probably does) then I’d prefer we pass personally. Hurns will have better options for a non-rotational role elsewhere (AZ, SEA, BAL, CAR all immediately come to mind) so it’s likely a moot point anyway.
  7. Green Bay signs Fuller to offer sheet; Bears match

    You’re making a pretty big assumption there that Fuller would have been willing to sign an extension for less than the ultimate offer sheet amount prior to getting tagged, especially if they had already discussed tagging him in one manor or the other. I haven’t seen anything out there that says that’s the case. Knowing the UFA corner market and where he likely stood in it why would Fuller’s camp have ever agreed to an extension worth less annually than the transition tag amount? The CB market and his place in it were pretty well established and likely to fall in his favor. With that being the situation at hand it could very well have been Fuller’s camp who said “Pay my price or I won’t sign an extension before FA” with Pace agreeing to meet his price if the market agreed. It did and he did, but if this was indeed the case at that juncture in the negotiation Pace was actually the one getting the free spin to see if he could get less than he already knew he was willing to pay. The difference between the transition tag number and the ultimate AAV on the extension is only $1.1M per year. That’s a nuisance amount in the NFL salary structure for upper echelon veteran players.
  8. 2018 Draft Prospects

    Got a living mock working to be tweaked as FA unfolds and I have us going LB-LB there too. Makes the most sense IMO, and the prospect pool lines up for it as well. Vander Esch may not be there but I like Malik Jefferson there too as a sort of Edmunds Lite - freak athleticism but green.
  9. 2018 Draft Prospects

    It’s not as though those teams don’t have other big needs that can be filled by the top prospects though. For both TB and IND Minkah, Ward, Nelson and Barkley all make a ton of sense too. For IND Edmunds also would fill a huge need. Personally I honestly don’t think it’s at all inconceivable (even if unlikely) that Barkley is there at 8 when we are on the clock. That would put us in a really interesting spot because he’s a perfect fit for Nagy’s offense but RB is pretty close to the bottom of our list as far as needs go.
  10. 2018 Free Agency targets

    It’s a need but I don’t think DL is a big need for us at all. To me DL is a depth player need.
  11. 2018 Draft Prospects

    If QBs indeed go 1-2-3 if I’m Cleveland I’m taking Chubb at 4. New potential franchise QB and the top pass rusher in consecutive drafts makes way more sense to me than a RB, especially in a deep RB class regardless of how good they think Barkley is. Elite edge rushers are so valuable by comparison to elite running backs IMO. Knowing how they’d turn out, would you take Von Miller or LeVeon Bell? To me that is Miller 150 times out of 100.
  12. 2018 Free Agency targets

    I like Jensen quite a bit but that is a crazy high salary for him.
  13. TABT

    Me and my buddies were just on XM Radio from South Point with Brent Musberger. Cool f-ing dude. Also, unrelated, I’m like 15 drinks in and this is a mess. 🤦‍♂️
  14. Green Bay signs Fuller to offer sheet; Bears match

    Yeah this is fantastic for us IMO, and good for Fuller. Win-Win. Glad it’s done.
  15. Green Bay signs Fuller to offer sheet; Bears match

    That makes sense to screw us, but doesn’t make sense to Fuller, unless all they guaranteed was JUST the back end of the deal which basically guarantees it all. But again it’s gotta be a deal they can be able to take on themselves. That would be entirely unprecedented though. The agent negotiating that doesn’t want to burn bridges with teams either and I’m sure his agent has a ton of other clients too. Disagree with those angry about this though. This is exactly why you give the transition tag when you have $80M in cap space. Fuller gets to set his market and you get a long term deal knowing it’s likely at a bit of a premium price. Even if he gets Trumaine Johnson money the market confirmed that he’s worthy of that. That’s gonna be what he would have been targeting going forward all along so you were paying that or losing him eventually anyway. This is the end game of playing it out in a way that’s palatable to both parties. By using the transition tag the Bears were tacitly saying they’d pay him the market rate. Now they just need to pay it off. No big deal - just the decided upon process to get what the long term deal in place they wanted anyway.