Unlike last off-season, the Chicago Bears will not have an uncomfortable divorce with one of their storied players. Brian Urlacher is still bitter that the Bears did not bring him back last season and that could have played a factor in why the Bears brought back Charles Tillman.
On Friday, the Bears and cornerback Charles Tillman agreed on a one-year deal. There was concern that once Tillman hit the open market last Tuesday, the Bears would lose the cornerback to a team such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Carolina Panthers.
For Bears general manager Phil Emery, Tillman belongs in Chicago.
“Charles is one of the NFL’s great players and a true leader on and off the field and we’re happy he will be staying in Chicago,” general manager Phil Emery said. “He remains the best in our game at forcing turnovers and always has brought a tough, physical presence to our secondary. Charles also has a special connection to the people and community across Chicago and we’re excited for that to continue.”-Phil Emery, ESPN Chicago
Tillman was the NFL’s man of the year in 2013 but his season was cut short due to a torn triceps injury.
Tillman played in 8 games for the Bears last season while compiling 41 tackles to go along with 3 forced fumbles and 3 interceptions.
Tillman will again be paired with cornerback Tim Jennings for the starting cornerback duo for the Bears. While Tillman and Jennings have both played on Pro-Bowl level in recent seasons, the Bears need to think for the future. Expect the team to target the cornerback position in the upcoming NFL Draft in May.
Tillman is entering his 12th season in the league. The 33-year old Tillman has played his entire career with the Bears.