Free agency is almost a week old here in 2021 and a lot has happened so far across the entire National Football League. We haven’t exactly seen the gigantic carousel ride of quarterback movement that we were promised (perhaps I expected too much personally), but big names are changing teams.
Every year brings with it change to a handful of big names and one of the latest is at the cornerback position. Veteran Kyle Fuller was officially released by the Chicago Bears on Saturday, although word of its inevitability started percolating throughout the league as the week was winding down.
Obviously there were a number of Dallas Cowboys fans who wanted Fuller to have a star on his helmet, but that did not come to be. Thankfully, though, he wound up in one of the best non-Dallas Cowboys places possible.
Kyle Fuller went to one of the best possible non-Dallas Cowboys destinations
The Denver Broncos improved their secondary on Saturday evening when they were announced as the winners of the brief Kyle Fuller sweepstakes. He is joining them on a one-year, $9.5M deal.
It would obviously have been great to see the Cowboys go after help in their own secondary, they did bring in Keanu Neal on Saturday, but this is one of the better non-Dallas places that Fuller could have ended up.
The important thing to note here is that the Broncos will be beating the Cowboys to picking in the NFL Draft. Denver holds the ninth overall selection while Dallas will be picking at number ten. There is just a little bit over a month between now and the 2021 NFL Draft, and when it finally kicks off, it is possible that the first nine picks are all offensive players. While there is a contingency of Cowboys fans who would like to see Florida tight end Kyle Pitts be the team’s choice, walking away with defensive help would probably upset no Cowboys fan.
The Denver Broncos, having shored up their cornerback problem by way of Kyle Fuller, probably is out of the running for a Patrick Surtain II or Caleb Farley. It would be wonderful if Dallas had their pick of defensive players with their first-round selection, but it would be particularly great if both of the top two cornerbacks were there which would allow them an opportunity to trade back, pick up more capital, and still land help for their own secondary.
For what it’s worth, the Cowboys will have to host the Broncos this season so they will have to go up against Fuller in 2021. If the overall move helped them in the long run, though, it’s probably worth it.