Broncos free agency: Tracking every move in George Paton’s first year
5. CB Kyle Fuller signed to one-year deal
When Vic Fangio came over from the Chicago Bears, he left a defensive unit that had a number of All-Pro players, including cornerback Kyle Fuller.
In Fangio’s final season with the Bears, Fuller picked off seven passes and earned All-Pro recognition, establishing himself as one of the best cornerbacks in the entire NFL. He followed that up in 2019 with another trio of interceptions, earning Pro Bowl honors for a second straight season.
After the 2020 season, the Chicago Bears had some obvious salary cap issues especially with the league’s cap number going down in general. Fuller, who just turned 29 years old, was an unfortunate casualty of their cap issues.
For the Broncos, there was nothing unfortunate about it.
Fuller’s veteran presence at the cornerback position is one thing, his fit in Fangio’s defense is another.
The Broncos now have four bonafide studs in the secondary and three players who have proven that their best football comes in the Fangio brand of defense (Fuller, Simmons, Bryce Callahan). Ron Darby will likely soon prove the same.
Getting a player like Fuller is a game-changer for the Denver Broncos and is something that gives you confidence this team can make a huge leap in the 2021 season.
He signed a one-year deal with the Broncos worth $9.5 million and $9 million fully guaranteed. Once again, this deal looks like an absolute bargain for George Paton considering the going rate for players of Fuller’s caliber is easily north of $14 million per season.