The Ravens’ offseason mission of boosting the secondary has secured the ultimate piece to the puzzle as veteran cornerback Kyle Fuller has signed a one-year deal to return dwelling to Baltimore. Fuller agreed to phrases final Tuesday and put pen to paper every week later.
Fuller, 30, rounds out a cornerback unit that wanted extra expertise and depth. Fuller will now step in alongside starters Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters, whereas rookie fourth-round picks Jalyn Armour-Davis and Damarion Williams compete and develop together with different youthful cornerbacks. Fuller, Humphrey and Peters are all former first-round picks.
“He’s a proven corner. He knows how to play the game, fits what we’re trying to do right now in the secondary really well,” Head Coach John Harbaugh mentioned of Fuller. “I think his veteran presence is going to add a lot to our defense.
“I believe it completed off our secondary, when it comes to … Never say by no means, however for now, I really feel actually good about that group again there – I imply, actually good, in regards to the secondary, personnel-wise.”
Fuller was a first-team All-Pro in 2018 when he led the league (tied) with seven interceptions. He went to back-to-back Pro Bowls in 2018 and 2019. He’s a proven playmaker, as the former first-round pick had 19 interceptions in his six seasons in Chicago.
He signed a one-year, $9.5 million deal with the Denver Broncos last season and started 10 of 16 games.
Fuller got off to a tough start in Denver that led to him being benched (he played four snaps over a three-week span), but he rebounded to start five more games and played well. What was notable is how Fuller handled himself. The Broncos asked him to play nickel for the first time in his career and Fuller took it on over the second half of the season.
In Baltimore, Fuller gives the Ravens more flexibility to either use him in the slot or bump Humphrey inside to where he has shined previously. Fuller is also valuable insurance with Peters and Humphrey coming back from season-ending injuries. Fuller missed all of the 2016 season (knee) but has otherwise been sidelined for just one game in his eight-year career.
Now Fuller will look to return to his Pro Bowl kind within the place he known as dwelling. A Baltimore native, he was a highschool star at Mount Saint Joseph who then went to Virginia Tech. The Bears drafted him 14th total in 2014.