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?