Kendall Fuller, CB
Kendall Fuller just two seasons ago was widely regarded as the top slot cornerback in the NFL. However, a trade that sent him to Kansas City destroyed the path he was on to the point he is often an afterthought at the position.
This is where Pete Carroll comes in, he is known as a secondary guru. He has the ability to bring the most out of his players. This may be enough to convince Kendall Fuller to sign a short term, prove-it deal, simply in the hope that Coach Carroll can get him back on track.
Coach Carroll believes any cornerback with the right mindset can be a star. He loves buying low on guys and helping them transform. Think back to Richard Sherman coming in as an unconventionally slow prospect that was drafted in the 5th round, he became a star. Trading for Justin Coleman for a conditional 7th round draft pick after Coleman bounced between the practice squad and NE active roster. Coleman became the highest paid slot corner last season when he signed with Detroit.
The latest would be with safety convert Tre Flowers moving to cornerback full time. He has surpassed many people expectations considering he had no experience at the position before being thrust into the starting lineup in year one.
With this being said, Fuller is only 25 years old. He has a long NFL future ahead of him if he can rediscover his former magic. Pete Carroll loves reclamation projects and has voiced his desire to get back into the nickel formation.
A few stats to show how dominant Fuller was during the 2017 season:
- Allowed a 55 passer rating when covering in the slot. The lowest in the NFL that season.
- Allowed a completion on just 56% of passes. Richard Sherman allowed 62% last season.
- Received a stellar 90.6 PFF grade during the season, good for 6th best amongst all cornerbacks.
A contract in the ballpark of Brian Poole’s deal with the Jets a year ago should be enough to strike a deal.
Projected contract:1 year, $4.0 million, $1.5 million guaranteed.