The 33-year-old soon-to-be free agent is coming off a season riddled with injuries that ended with a spot on the injured reserve list with a torn triceps muscle. Chicago might want to pay the aging veteran less than what he thinks he is worth. Tillman is optimistic he will be part of a squad next year, telling The McNeil and Spiegel Show on WSCR-AM, "My gut is I will be on an NFL team next year."
There has been talk of Tillman following in the footsteps of other players who successfully made the transition from cornerback to safety like Charles Woodson and Ronde Barber. A move that could extend Tillman's career. In his response to changing positions Tillman bluntly states, "I don't want to play safety anywhere."
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If Tillman leaves Chicago, one likely destination would be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he would reunite with his former coach Lovie Smith. The Bears fired Smith at the end of the 2012 season after they didn't make the playoffs for a fifth straight time.
Tillman would play opposite Darrelle Revis making for a formidable defensive backfield.
At the end of the day, it is about business and Tillman's desire to play cornerback and the bottom line is Tillman will go where he will be paid the most, either Chicago or somewhere else.