Eagles: Trading for Kyle Fuller would be a wise move

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 01: Kyle Fuller
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 01: Kyle Fuller /

Chicago Bears’ cornerback Kyle Fuller could be a much needed boost to an Eagles unit that desperately needs the help.

One of the most common topic from Philadelphia Eagles training camp has been how weak the cornerback unit is. With the season opener a little over a month away, the team might want to bring in another corner quickly. Considering that the market of free agent corners is thin, the Eagles might want look for one via trade. Kyle Fuller of the Chicago Bears might be a wise investment.

The fourth-year cornerback is heading into the final year of his contract. The Bears have already said that Fuller’s fifth-year option won’t be picked up. He’ll most likely test the market when he becomes a free agent in 2018. With so many rumors floating around about the Bears actively shopping Fuller, this could be an opportunity for the Eagles to beef up that unit.

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The good

Things started off very well for Fuller in Chicago. During his rookie campaign, Fuller accounted for 4 interceptions, 10 passes defended, three forced fumbles, and 50 tackles. He was selected to the 2014 PFWA NFL All-Rookie Team as well.

In 2015, Fuller followed up a solid first year with another in his second. His statistics weren’t as impressive, but he was still productive in the Bears defense. He accounted for two interceptions, nine passes defensed, and 46 tackles.

The bad

Though Fuller had a solid first two seasons, his third season saw a knee injury that sideline him for the entire 2016 season. This may be a sign of why the Bears may want to move on.

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Despite missing the entire 2016, it appears that Fuller is having a solid training camp. Prince Amukamara, who signed with the Bears this past offseason, has sung the praises of his new teammate. Amukamara told the Chicago Sun Times that Fuller has been “lights out” throughout camp. This is very encouraging sign for someone coming off of arthroscopic knee surgery.

With all this considered, the Eagles should make a move on Fuller before the end of camp. Fuller would immediately be an upgrade and the best cornerback on the team. One of the biggest issues with the Eagles’ cornerback unit is that they lack the talent to hold down the outside. With the exception of Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones, the latter being injured, the corners on the team are known for playing in the slot. Bringing in Fuller would solve that issue.

What will be interesting is what the Eagles are willing to give up to acquire Fuller. Maybe a third-round pick could be sufficient enough bait to have Chicago bite? Anything higher than that would be a steep price. They could possibly trade Mychal Kendricks and an eventual draft pick for Fuller as well. This way they could get Kendricks’ bad contract off of the books.

Whether the Eagles actually trade for Fuller or not, they should at least entertain the idea.