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Broncos agree to terms with CB Kyle Fuller


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos aren't done adding playmakers to their defense.

Denver agreed to terms Saturday with All-Pro cornerback Kyle Fuller on a one-year deal, the team announced.

Fuller, who is entering the seventh year of his career, is a former first-round pick who earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2018 and Pro Bowl honors in both 2018 and 2019.

The 2018 season was the final year Fuller played for then-Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, and he posted a career-high seven interceptions and 21 passes defensed. Both his interception and passes defensed totals were the best in the NFL that season.

The Bears posted the league's top scoring defense and top passing defense on a per-play basis as Fuller played alongside Bryce Callahan in the Bears' secondary.

In Chicago, Fuller played three total seasons for Fangio, who arrived after Fuller's rookie year. During those three years, Fuller posted 11 total interceptions and 52 passes defensed.

The cornerback's success did continue following Fangio's departure to Denver, as he recorded three more interceptions and 12 passes defensed in 2019. His totals dropped in 2020, but he still managed to record an interception, eight passes defensed and a forced fumble.

A 5-foot-11, 194-pound player, Fuller has been readily available during his NFL career. He came in off the bench during the first two games of his rookie season before quickly assuming a starting role for the final 14 games of the season. He then started all 16 games in 2015 before undergoing offseason knee surgery that kept him out for the 2016 season. Since then, Fuller has not missed a game. He has started all 64 games since the beginning of the 2017 season. All told, he has appeared in 96 career games — and started 94 — of a possible 112 contests.

In Denver, he joins a cornerback group that will feature at least a couple of new faces. The Broncos agreed to terms Wednesday with veteran cornerback Ronald Darby, a former 2014 second-round pick. Callahan and 2020 third-round pick Michael Ojemudia profile as the team's other top options. Essang Bassey, a 2020 undrafted free agent, also showed promise as a rookie as a slot cornerback. The Broncos also signed All-Pro safety Justin Simmons to a four-year extension on Friday.

Flip through photos of new Broncos cornerback Kyle Fuller, from his days at Virginia Tech through his banner years with the Chicago Bears.

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