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Was Charles Tillman Move The Right One For Bears?


On Friday, the Bears announced that they re-signed cornerback Charles Tillman. The deal is for just one year. The thought, I believe, is that Tillman will play his last season and ride off into the good night. Is this a good idea for the Bears?

Tillman has been a great representative of the Chicago Bears. He is the reigning NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year. He is also 33, and this will be his 12th season.

There are a lot of miles on Tillman’s body. He has had a great many battles. The receivers nowadays are bigger, faster, and younger.

Tillman has had some great seasons for the Bears. Last year was a so-so season, even before his season ended in after nine games. He had a knee problem before a torn right triceps ended his season.

Tillman had three interceptions and three forced fumbles last year, but he also got burned more than we were used to seeing.

There is a saying in the NFL that you would rather give up on a player one year too early than one year too late. The Bears are betting they did not choose the latter.

I still strongly believe that the Bears should go after a cornerback early in this draft. Perhaps they still will. In addition to Darqueze Dennard and Justin Gilbert (my personal favorite), the draft also has Kyle Fuller and Marcus Roberson, so one of them can be picked up and compete with Tillman for playing time.

If having Tillman play on a rotational basis is the plan, then the signing is a good one. I just do not see him playing a lot and being continually effective.

Bringing Charles Tillman back for one more year can be a positive for the younger players. His leadership in the locker room will be critical if the Bears make a playoff run. The Bears hope that if this is Tillman’s last go around, they can make it a memorable one.

What do you think? Was Charles Tillman re-signing a good move?

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  • Robert Napier

    Yes, Tillman is the man, he is setting the tone for an older, yet serviceable, group of Veterans that can still play in the NFL. Other guys try to do what he does, but are not as successful. He can at least go a couple more years. He can shut down the best (Calvin Johnson 2X a season,) and has only gotten the credit he deserves recently.

    • Carlos

      Johnson had 10 catches for 127 yards and 3 TD’s against Tillman last year, though…

      • Robert Napier

        I did not know that Carlos, he usually holds him in check

        • Carlos

          Yes, which is why I feel he would be better suited as a rotational player. Cornerback is a brutal position for older players. His leadership will be invaluable, though. It looks like he will set aside his ego and help his replacement, which is admirable…

  • Mike

    I can’t even believe this is being asked as a serious question. There is no doubt that age is starting to become a factor with Peanut, and it may have had something to do with the season he ended up with last year, but the guy can still ball. Besides, how much better of a teacher can you have for any of the new kids the Bears might bring in, than one of the best to play the position?

    • Carlos

      Mike, as I said, I love his leadership and he would be great for the young players, but he would also need to play as a rotational player. I’m not sure he’s an every-down player anymore.