Charles Tillman is expected to hit the open market on Tuesday without a new contract from the Chicago Bears. The Bears are allowing Tillman to test the market, and that might be the team’s way of suggesting that Tillman find a more deserving contract offer else where.
A market is developing for Tillman and it is taking an interesting shape. Adam Caplan of ESPN tweeted on Tuesday morning that teams are viewing Tillman as a safety because of his skill-set.
Some teams are willing to look at veteran CB Charles Tillman as a safety based on size, ability to tackle. His market should be interesting.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 11, 2014
Safety rumors have always followed Tillman in his career with the Bears. Given his age and declining skills, many feel that Tillman should move to the safety position in order to preserve his production. Till this point, Tillman has been adamant that he wants to finish his career as a cornerback. A career that has been hit with injuries in recent seasons with Tillman dealing with issues with his knee and groin to along with the torn triceps injury he suffered in 2013.
If Tillman were willing to play safety, then that may actually increase his chances of returning to the Bears. The Bears need help at the safety position and Tillman would certainly be a fit.