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Monday, January 27, 2014

Chicago Bears' Tillman will test free agency waters


By on 1/27/2014 08:45:00 AM

Chicago Bears' standout veteran cornerback Charles Tillman will reportedly test out free agency for the 2014 season, accroding to Mike Coppinger of NFL.com.

With an injury-ridden 2013 (including triceps, groin and knee injuries), Tillman only played in eight games this year, collecting 41 combined tackles, three forced fumbles and three interceptions.  The Bears handed out a flurry of contracts already this year and Tillman was not one of the recipients. 
"I'm not really worried about it," said Tillman, via the Chicago Tribune. "I have some decisions I have to make in the next couple of weeks, couple of months. I am just going to see what happens. I have some options, I have some thoughts."

Tillman has been with the Bears for his entire 11 year career, and is responsible for generating 849 combined tackles, 42 forced fumbles and 36 interceptions. Technically, he’s not supposed to be aware of any options beyond Chicago, given the tampering rules. Some have actually speculated that he could reunite with recently hired head coach Lovie Smith in Tampa.

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Regardless of where Tillman may end up, the question remains on what the Bears would do without their top cornerback. Reports indicate there is a chance he'll return to Chicago, but the team is unlikely to give him a similarly large contract to the six-year extension he signed in 2007.  He will be 33 years old this year, which many consider ancient for a cornerback, but Tillman also could make a transistion to the safety position, as so many have done before him.

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