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Charles Tillman | Defensive Back

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 2/23/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
College: Louisiana-Lafayette
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Panthers CB Charles Tillman suffered a concussion in the third preseason game.
Tillman's injury was originally reported as a hand, but coach Ron Rivera confirmed it was a concussion. Tillman has 13 days to get ready for the Panthers' opener. Aug 31 - 1:09 PM

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The Charlotte Observer expects Charles Tillman to start opposite Josh Norman.

Tillman is expected to play the outside in base sets, with Bene Benwikere moving to the slot. Entering his age-34 season, Tillman should improve the Panthers' secondary if he can stay healthy. Injuries have limited Tillman to 10 games over the last two seasons.
Apr 11 - 5:17 PM

Panthers agreed to terms with CB Peanut Tillman, formerly of the Bears, on a one-year contract.

The 34-year-old is reuniting with ex-Bears DC Ron Rivera. Tillman played for Rivera three of his first four years in the league. Tillman was one of the league's very best corners in 2012, but biceps injuries have limited him to just 10 combined appearances over the past two seasons. Snaps will be there for the taking in Carolina's malleable secondary, but Tillman will have to stay healthy before anything else. His age and injury history mean his spot on the 53-man roster is not assured. All 156 of Tillman's NFL games have come in a Bears uniform.
Apr 9 - 3:55 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports free agent CB Peanut Tillman is expected to sign with the Panthers following Thursday's visit.

Tillman would be reuniting his old Bears defensive boss in Ron Rivera. Now 34 and coming off two injury-ruined seasons, Tillman would be little more than a flier for the value-conscious Panthers.
Apr 9 - 3:31 PM

The Panthers will host free agent Charles Tillman on Thursday.

"Peanut" is tight with Ron Rivera from their Bears days together, and suits GM Dave Gettleman's profile as a reclamation project who will likely take a cheap, one-year deal. Beset by triceps injuries, Tillman has played in just 10 games the past two seasons. He turned 34 years old this past February.
Apr 8 - 10:05 PM

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.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 04:19:00 PM

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.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 05:54:00 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.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 03:12:00 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.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 10:48:00 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.
Fri, May 9, 2014 04:53:00 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.
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 04:47:00 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.
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 02:49:00 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.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 03:35:00 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.
Fri, Mar 7, 2014 03:48:00 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.
Thu, Mar 6, 2014 11:53:00 AM