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Since most people are staying inside these days, and most of those people are watching shows at an unreasonable yet also understandable rate, it’s fitting to make comparisons that involve TV series.

So, going along those lines, Kendall Fuller is like that character in a crime show who was part of the cast a few seasons ago but then was forced to investigate for a different division — a plot choice that angered many viewers, by the way — keeping him off-screen for a while. Now, though, his old department needs him, so he’s back.

That old department, of course, is the Redskins, who agreed to a four-year contract with the corner on Monday. The agreement can become official on Wednesday. 

However, fans of the team may need a refresher on the defender, much like one does when a familiar face shows up again after some time away. So, let’s refresh.

How about we start here: Where did Fuller go in the first place?

Just a few days before the Eagles-Patriots 2018 Super Bowl, Fuller was sent to the Chiefs along with a draft pick in exchange for Alex Smith. The team was high on its 2016 third-rounder after his first two years in Washington, but they felt it was more important to acquire a QB then keep him around.

Just like that, he was gone, sent to go work in K.C.’s Secondary Bureau.

How did Fuller take that news?

Well, at first, he didn’t believe it:

That stance didn’t last that long:

Fuller eventually explained how he wasn’t too disappointed by it all, just more surprised than anything.

At least on TV, a character can see in a script when his or her role is about to change. That night wasn’t scripted at all.

OK, one unrelated question: Is there anything out there for Redskins supporters who are still trying to deal with Amari Cooper choosing Dallas over D.C.? Because I’m struggling with that right now.

Why, yes, in fact there is. JP Finlay wrote some excellent analysis on that right here. Check it out if you need to. There’s a new Redskins Talk podcast out on it as well.

Man, I love NBCSportsWashington.com. Best website ever!!!!!!! Back to Fuller now. How did he fare with the Chiefs?

In 26 regular season contests and four playoff matchups, the DB posted three interceptions and defended 17 passes. One of those interceptions was the Super Bowl clincher against the Niners this past February.

Overall, those numbers are more modest than the champs were probably hoping for, which is probably why they didn’t make a huge push to bring him back (they also have plenty of other stars they need to take care of financially). The PFF ratings aren’t exactly kind, either

On the positive side, Fuller learned how to play multiple spots there and just recently turned 25. There’s a strong chance his best football will happen over the course of his four-year deal with the franchise that drafted him.

Cool. Where does he fit in with the Burgundy and Gold moving forward?

As mentioned, Fuller’s versatility makes that question both hard to answer but also less pressing to answer.

Quinton Dunbar still is unhappy with his situation, but as of now, he seems like he’ll be with the defense in 2020. There’s one promising outside starter.

Fabian Moreau, meanwhile, thrived once he moved from the slot to the boundary late last year. Then there’s Jimmy Moreland, who best projects as a slot CB because of his size. 

Fuller’s top campaign, which came in 2017, was one that featured him predominantly in the slot. That would be the logical place for him to slide in. However, he can help elsewhere and even lined up at safety in spurts for the Chiefs. 

This specific answer will become more clear once the full roster takes shape and training camp gets underway, but the concise response is this: Fuller will give the back end options and make them better.

Nice. In all, this seems like a smart move. It’s a smart move, right?

For sure. Fuller isn’t as celebrated as Byron Jones or James Bradberry, but he’s supremely intelligent, was always prepared in his first stint with the Redskins and is returning to an organization he obviously feels comfortable with.

In short, it’ll be good to have him back with his former cast. The writers got this one right. 

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