CB Once Linked to Vikings FA Lands with Ravens

CB Once Linked to Vikings FA Lands with Ravens
Kyle Fuller. © Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.

Before the Minnesota Vikings acquired men like Za’Darius Smith, Harrison Phillips, and Jordan Hicks in free agency, the most sensible candidates to join the team in March were players with ties to Minnesota’s new coaching staff.

One of those players was Kyle Fuller. He was never really entertained, at least publicly, as a Vikings free-agent prospect and now finds new life with the Baltimore Ravens.

Fuller, 30, joins his third NFL franchise, previously spending time with the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos. In Chicago, Fuller was masterful at times, earning 1st-Team All-Pro accolades in 2018 and back-to-back Pro Bowl trips in 2018 and 2019.

After that, though, Fuller encountered an inexplicable performance decline, culminating in 2021 with a meager 47.2 grade from Pro Football Focus.

Tyler Conklin
Dec 20, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Tyler Conklin and Chicago Bears defensive back Kyle Fuller. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

He’ll look to rebound with the Ravens, a team that surprisingly missed the playoffs in 2021. Quietly, Lamar Jackson showcased a down year by his standards, ranking [around] the 21st-best passer in 2021. Per the numbers, Jackson’s performance was bedfellows with Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater. Jackson orchestrated one marvelous game in 2021 — against the Indianapolis Colts — but that was his magnum opus. Compared to his MVP credo, he struggled.

Fuller was initially spitballed as a Vikings free-agent target for two reasons:

  1. The Vikings, back in March, were incredibly skimpy in the CB room.
  2. Fuller played under Ed Donatell’s tutelage for five seasons.

In the end, however, Minnesota added Chandon Sullivan, Andrew Booth (rookie), Akayleb Evans (rookie), and re-signed Patrick Peterson for the secondary, so “missing out” on Fuller wasn’t detrimental.

The 2 Free Agent CBs to Watch for Vikings
Bryce Callahan and Kyle Fuller

Bryce Callahan, another Donatell-linked defender, signed with the Los Angeles Chargers in May. Like Fuller, Callahan was associated with Vikings free agency because of the Donatell connection.

Fuller joins a Ravens team desperate for pass-defense rejuvenation. In 2021, Baltimore ranked dead last in the NFL for passing yards allowed (278.9 per game).

The Ravens already employ Marcus Peters and Marlon Humprey, so Fuller figures to be a CB4 or CB5 if he makes the 53-man roster in September.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).