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Bears could extend Charles Tillman’s contract this offseason

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Bears cornerback Charles Tillman is playing in his second straight Pro Bowl this weekend and coming off perhaps his finest season, which has led to speculation that the Bears could look to extend his contract before the start of next season.

Tillman is entering the final year of his contract, a situation that often leads to extension talks for players who have done a lot less than Tillman’s done of late. He’s set to make $7.95 million with a workout bonus of $550,000 in 2013 with a cap number of $8 million.┬áBrad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune points out that an extension would likely lower that cap number and free up more money for the Bears to spend elsewhere.

For a team with a pretty serious need to upgrade on the offensive line, that has to be a pretty appealing prospect. The Bears defense doesn’t figure to change too much with Mel Tucker coming in to run the defense under Marc Trestman, so there’s no reason to think Tillman would oppose extension talks.

Tillman turns 32 next month so age is a bit of a factor. There’s been talk about moving him to safety in the past, something Biggs thinks would be something to consider when mapping out Tillman’s future in Chicago. It makes sense on both sides which means we may be hearing more about an extension from Tillman as the offseason unfolds.

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18 Responses to “Bears could extend Charles Tillman’s contract this offseason”
  1. countduku says: Jan 26, 2013 2:49 PM

    I wouldn’t blame them one bit. It would crush the bears to lose him.

  2. snccoach says: Jan 26, 2013 2:49 PM

    Much deserved Peanut!

  3. b3astm0de says: Jan 26, 2013 3:05 PM

    Tillman is getting old. Anything over two years would be a waste of money. Also, it would not crush the bears to lose him. Just like any corner he looks good because of the d-line play. He is an above average corner, but not great.

  4. ososrule says: Jan 26, 2013 3:13 PM

    Peanut is the greatest force fumble corner ever to play the game, he isn’t great???? He’s way underrated and b3astmode is just hating cuz Tillman probably takes the ball away from his team…

  5. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jan 26, 2013 3:24 PM

    Tillman is a great player, old though? Experienced playmaker more like it.
    speaking of the pro bowl, i saw peyton mannings interview and almost gagged. How bout go hangout at your house for an espy award dinner, then you can pass all your football knowledge to all the other great players that are getting awards like yourself.
    pro bowl is needing a change, its for you all and the fans, not just you all and the corporate gangs!

  6. Chace says: Jan 26, 2013 3:33 PM

    Tillman has been great. As a Chicago fan I’m very happy that he really started getting recognition the past couple years. He’s been this good for a while, but never really got much attention until recently. That being said, I don’t see how you extend him unless it does reduce his cap hit significantly.

  7. kiopta1 says: Jan 26, 2013 3:33 PM

    Do they come with the extension?

  8. randolph32 says: Jan 26, 2013 3:53 PM

    Peanut Punch!!!

  9. larryboodry says: Jan 26, 2013 4:08 PM

    I hope they get it done…Tillman is indeed underrated, and his talent on the field is belied by his humble and witty demeanor off it. Peanut deserves to retire a Bear.

  10. supremekingz says: Jan 26, 2013 4:19 PM

    He had the best season of any corner not on Incredible Hulk juice like the SeaChickens Browner and Shermhead. Pay the man

  11. deltaoracle says: Jan 26, 2013 4:39 PM

    Speaking of extensions…

  12. fenrecords says: Jan 26, 2013 6:43 PM

    They absolutely need to give him the extension. He just gets better every year. I dont know if I would go any more than 3 years, but they gotta get it done. How many other CBs make the Pro Bowl their first time in their 30s? Peanuts a turnover machine, and I see him doin it next year and the year after and the year after. It didnt hurt his cause that he had a couple pick 6s either. GIVE HIM HIS MONEY!

  13. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 26, 2013 9:48 PM

    Tillman and his team are 0-6 against the Packers in their last 6 games. That’s why the Bears are rebuilding.

  14. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 26, 2013 10:23 PM

    tillman was the least of chicagos worrys. they need a new qb. cutler is fragile and chokes.

  15. themackstrong says: Jan 26, 2013 10:55 PM

    It’s like everyone but Bear fans know that their team is rebuilding. Thumbs down, doesn’t make that fact any less true.

  16. larryboodry says: Jan 27, 2013 1:35 AM

    filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 26, 2013 9:48 PM
    redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 26, 2013 10:23 PM
    themackstrong says: Jan 26, 2013 10:55 PM

    Actually, none of them says anything relevant, as none of them has ever said anything positive about the Bears or their fans, and they only care to talk trash.

  17. esplife03 says: Jan 27, 2013 4:19 AM

    Not only is tillman the best turnover CB to literally every play the game, but he’s a top 5 CB as well. Who else SHUTS DOWN Calvin Johnson in the league? that’s what I thought, age is just a number, there are dudes much younger than peanut in the league that couldn’t hold his jockstrap

  18. justinkcarr says: Jan 27, 2013 3:23 PM

    Never under value a player who can play with any team’s number 1 receiver. Makes sense to sign him if it drops his cap hit. Besides, 32 isn’t ancient for a DB. They tend to be able to play longer than other positions. Tillman doesn’t rely on speed anyway to be effective. His game is being physical and having excellent technique.

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