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Charles Tillman | Defensive Back

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (33) / 2/23/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 198
College: Louisiana-Lafayette
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Speaking Friday, Bears GM Phil Emery confirmed that Peanut Tillman will remain at cornerback this season, and not be moved to safety.
The Bears used the No. 14 pick on CB Kyle Fuller, but he'll start out in the slot, leaving Tillman and Tim Jennings on the outside. Now 33, Tillman struggled mightily as he played through injury in 2013. The Bears may rethink their stance on Tillman as a corner if he gets off to a slow start this season. May 9 - 4:53 PM

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Bears re-signed CB Charles Tillman to a one-year contract.

The deal is reportedly worth "just under" $3.5 million. Tillman visited the Bucs and former Bears coach Lovie Smith in free agency, but otherwise received zero interest. Peanut was one of the league's top corners in 2012, but was ineffective as he played through injury last season. A born playmaker, Tillman is hopefully open to moving to safety. The Bears have holes at both safety and cornerback, but going on 33, safety could make the most sense for Tillman in 2014.
Mar 14 - 4:47 PM

The Bucs hosted free agent CB Charles Tillman on Wednesday.

The Buccaneers had a slew of visitors at One Buc Place on the second day of free agency, including Josh McCown whom they proceeded to hand a two-year, $10 million deal. Tillman reuniting with old coach Lovie Smith seems inevitable.
Mar 12 - 2:49 PM

Sources tell the Chicago Tribune that the Bucs are interested in free agent CB Charles Tillman.

It's the least surprising rumor of the day. Tillman spent nine years in Chicago with new Bucs coach Lovie Smith, operating as an elite ball-hawk and physically imposing corner. Tillman is 33 now and coming off a torn triceps, so a reunion won't be expensive.
Mar 11 - 3:35 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reported on NFL Insiders that "teams are doing research" on free agent CB Charles Tillman's ability to play safety.

Caplan didn't say whether Tillman would be open to the position conversion, at which he's publicly balked in the past. Tillman has always been an excellent ball stripper and tackler. In theory, he'd be a natural fit for safety.
Mar 7 - 3:48 PM

Free agent CB Charles Tillman (torn right triceps) said he's still not medically cleared.

Tillman ended up needing surgery to repair his triceps. It won't affect his status for 2014 training camp, but interested teams will realize he's 33 years old, playing a young man's position and has some nagging health issues. Tillman, who has more forced fumbles than anyone since 2003 (36), may have to settle for a smaller than expected payday.
Mar 6 - 11:53 AM

ESPN Chicago believes free agent CB Charles Tillman would have to accept a team-friendly deal to re-sign with the Bears.

The Bears have cap constraints and multiple needs to address this offseason, so Tillman would almost certainly have to settle for less than what he can command on the open market. There's been heavy speculation that Tillman could reunite with former coach Lovie Smith in Tampa and he's likely to draw interest from multiple teams. Tillman is Rotoworld's No. 8 free agent corner.
Mar 1 - 5:03 PM

Free agent CB Charles Tillman reiterated that he's not open to playing safety.

"I don’t want to play safety anywhere," Tillman said. The soon-to-be 33-year-old said as much in November after he was placed on injured reserve with a triceps injury. Though he has the size (6-foot-2, 198) to play the position, Peanut is determined to show he can still be an above-average corner after a down 2013. He's been linked to the Bucs in recent weeks but is "open to whoever."
Source: CBS Chicago
Feb 19 - 1:54 PM

Free agent CB Charles Tillman expressed some interest in signing with Lovie Smith's Buccaneers.

Bucs second-round pick Johnthan Banks had a rough rookie season, and teaming Tillman with Darrelle Revis would greatly upgrade Tampa Bay's secondary. "Peanut" was a favorite of Smith's in Chicago. "It makes the deal probably a little sweeter just because it’s a former head coach," Tillman said. "You do know the system ... It’s a former coach, a guy that you liked, a guy that you’d been with for 10 years. It’s cool. But it’s free agency. I’m open to whoever."
Feb 3 - 5:17 PM

Impending free agent CB Peanut Tillman hopes to re-sign with the Bears, and "guarantees" he'll retire as a member of the organization.

As in, even if Tillman moves on in free agency, he'll retire as a Bear. Tillman says the sides have been talking "every day," and remain on excellent terms. "The Bears and I are in good spirits," Tillman said. "There’s no bad blood, there’s nothing." Coming off an injury-marred season, Tillman would likely have to accept a team-friendly deal to be back with the Bears. The Bucs and former coach Lovie Smith will be the strong favorites for Tillman's services if he moves on from Chicago.
Source: CBS Chicago
Jan 30 - 4:31 PM

The Chicago Tribune doesn't expect the Bears to re-sign free agent CB Charles Tillman.

Tillman, 33, played in just eight games this season due to multiple injuries and is currently recovering from a torn triceps. The Bears are unlikely to offer a contract anywhere close to the $7.95 million he made in 2013, but there's been speculation that Tillman could reunite with Bucs coach Lovie Smith in Tampa. "I am going to see what happens. I have options," Tillman said. Rotoworld ranks Tillman as the No. 6 free agent cornerback this offseason. He could also be moved to safety depending on where he signs.
Jan 25 - 1:36 PM

Impending free agent CB Peanut Tillman has no plans to retire, but acknowledges he might not be back with the Bears in 2014.

Recovering from a torn triceps, Tillman is coming off a lost season where he appeared in only eight games. He'll turn 33 next month. Tillman is just one year removed from a monster campaign, but it's not unusual for cornerbacks to go downhill quickly after they turn 30. Tillman is 50-50 to re-up with Chicago. Savvy GM Phil Emery surely will not break the bank.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 01:24:00 PM

Bears CB Charles Tillman (torn triceps) is officially done for the year.

Coach Marc Trestman made the announcement at his Monday presser. Tillman's recovery from the triceps tear has not progressed as quickly as hoped, and he won't come off of short-term I.R. when eligible in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. It was always a long shot, anyway. Tillman is now going on age 33. He struggled in 2013 and is not under contract with the Bears for 2014.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 02:10:00 PM

Bears CB Charles Tillman (triceps, short-term I.R.) ruled out a switch to safety.

Now that Tillman may be done for the season -- he'll only return if the Bears make the playoffs -- he's been getting questions regarding his future. Tillman will be a free agent after the season and admitted Monday that he may have played his final game as a Bear. He turns 33 in February and struggled badly in coverage this season. At 6-foot-2, 198, Tillman has the size to play safety.
Fri, Nov 15, 2013 08:56:00 AM

CB Charles Tillman (triceps, short-term IR) admitted he might have played his last snap as a Bear.

Tillman will only be able to return this season if the 5-4 Bears make the playoffs, and his contract is up after this season. The Bears will likely try to bring him back, but at a rate nowhere near the $7.95 million he's earning in 2013. Tillman will be 33 years old in February and struggled badly in coverage this year while battling knee issues.
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 09:17:00 AM