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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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Bears CB Peanut Tillman (torn triceps, injured reserve) hopes to continue his playing career in 2015.
Tillman has been sidelined since Week 3. "Right now, all I want to do is get healthy before I make a decision to retire or to continue to play," Tillman said in a radio interview. "I have every intent of coming back and playing. Really, I just want to focus on getting healthy." Two months shy of his 34th birthday, Tillman will head into the offseason having appeared in just 10 games over the past two seasons thanks to his triceps issues. There's a good chance he'll be forced to hang it up. Dec 9 - 4:19 PM

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Speaking Monday, Bears CB Peanut Tillman (triceps, injured reserve) strongly suggested he plans to continue his career in 2015.

"I know this feeling way too well, but this isn’t the end of the road for me," Tillman said after his triceps sent him to injured reserve for the second time in as many seasons. It's an admirable sentiment, but the league isn't kind to aging cornerbacks. Tillman turns 34 in February. Perhaps he'll be open to playing safety in 2015.
Sep 16 - 5:54 PM

Bears will place CB Charles Tillman on injured reserve with a torn triceps, ending his season.

It's his second triceps tear in as many seasons. Rookie Kyle Fuller has been terrific through two games, but losing Tillman is a huge blow to Chicago's cornerback unit because it will likely force street free agent Kelvin Hayden into DC Mel Tucker's nickel package. Tim Jennings covers the slot, and Fuller plays outside. Tillman, 33, is on a one-year, $3.25 million contract. There's a good chance he's played his final snap with the Bears.
Sep 15 - 3:12 PM

Charles Tillman suffered a triceps injury in Sunday night's Week 2 game against the 49ers.

It's a significant injury after Tillman missed the final seven games of 2013 with a torn triceps. The Bears defense is in shambles after losing S Chris Conte in the second quarter. Tillman could be a candidate for injured reserve.
Sep 14 - 10:48 PM

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

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

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