When the Bears handed out a flurry of new contracts, cornerback Charles Tillman didn’t get one. Which probably means he won’t be getting one before he becomes a free agent on March 11.
“I’m not really worried about it,” Tillman told Fred Mitchell of 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.”
Technically, he’s not supposed to be aware of any options beyond Chicago, given the tampering rules. But the tampering rules seem to be violated even more often than they are respected.
Tillman, who turns 33 next month, was limited to eight games in 2013, due to various injuries. Some have speculated that he could reunite with coach Lovie Smith in Tampa.
With each of the other teams in the NFC North needing talented players in the secondary, there could be interest in putting him in position to play the Bears twice next year.