Biggs: Bears could see if there’s interest, if Fuller “shows well” in preseason
2 August 2017 Eagles News
Chicago Tribunes’’ Brad Biggs notes that “it’s possible the Bears would see if there is trade interest if Fuller shows well in preseason.”
“If you asked me back in the spring, I would have said he’s going to have a difficult time making the 53-man roster. I think he’s still got considerable ground to cover to get there. Yes, it’s possible the Bears would see if there is trade interest if Fuller shows well in preseason,” Biggs wrote.
While Biggs was reluctant to label Fuller’s training camp a “strong” one, the Bears’ beat writer mentioned that Fuller has looked “fluid with his movements” in camp, which was not the case last season.
Fuller missed all of 2016 with a knee injury and the Bears did not make it a priority to pick up his fifth-year option. However, Bears defensive coordinator’ Vic Fangio has given Fuller every opportunity to compete in camp. During the off season the Bears brought in cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper, who they see as their starters at the position. Lucky for Fuller, Marcus Cooper has been dealing with a tight hamstring, putting him on the shelf the last couple of weeks. Let’s just say Fuller has made the most of his opportunities in training camp so far.
Here is what Bears GM recently said about Kyle Fuller last week:
“He had a good OTAs and really a good offseason,” Pace said. “For him, it was stringing together healthy practices. And he has done that. From what I can gather, he’s had a great summer. He has been working hard. So I think the key for him is just staying healthy and putting together consistent practices. And if he does that, it’s going to be an important evaluation.”
With all that being said, it’s unknown if the Bears will move on from Kyle Fuller if he begins to bounce back to his old self. The trade would definitely have to be enticing for them to move him, but with the Bears labeled a “rebuilding team”, stock piling picks for next season would be the way to go.
The Eagles are currently working with 8 draft picks next season:
4th (From the Vikings for Sam Vradford)
4th (from Patriots for Eric Rowe, could be a 3rd)
Looking at the above picks and knowing what the Eagles have at the position, what would be the logical draft pick to move on from? Eagles could move one of those 4th round picks if they get desperate, but with rookies Rasul Douglas, Sidney Jones and Jalen Mills the potential future… what is the right price for a stop-gap corner for a year?
The Birds also could trade LB Mychal Kendricks, who could add value to the Bears roster, but it’s not quite sure they value Kendricks enough to take on his cap hit for this season. If I’m the Eagles, i’m not sure I would part ways with Carson Wentz’s favorite weapon Jordan Matthews for Kyle Fuller, either.