Fuller's transition tag costs a little over $12.9 million in 2018. It allowed Fuller to collect offers from other teams and gave the Bears the right of first refusal to match it.
Because the Bears opted to apply the transition tag to the 26-year-old Fuller instead of the franchise tag, they would get no compensation if they chose not to match the Packers' offer.
Getting Fuller from the Bears would arguably be Gutekunst's biggest move among several, as the team added veteran defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (one year, $5 million) and tight end Jimmy Graham (three years, $30 million) this week in free agency. "But like I said, we're going to look at every avenue".
"I don't think it's imperative [to sign one in free agency]", Gutekunst said.
"There'll be many avenues to upgrade that group".
Fuller was excellent as a rookie after being selected with the 14th pick of the first round back in 2014, but he struggled during his second season and missed the entire 2016 campaign with a knee injury.
Green Bay traded away cornerback Damarious Randall, its first-round pick in 2015, to the Cleveland Browns this week in exchange for quarterback DeShone Kizer.
The most important part of the contract is the $18 million guaranteed. So did another potential starting corner in Quinten Rollins (Achilles). Former Chiefs quarterback Tyler Bray agreed to a one-year deal to join the Bears. It's possible the Packers could revisit Breeland when he's healthy. Last year's top draft pick, Kevin King, is a No. 1-caliber cornerback, but he finished last season on injured reserve (shoulder).