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Charles Tillman guarantees he’ll retire a Bear

Cincinnati Bengals' Andrew Hawkins makes a catch against Chicago Bears' Charles Tillman during the first quarter of their NFL football game in Chicago, Illinois Reuters

Not every longtime Bears defensive star remains on good terms with the team.

But free agent cornerback Charles Tillman said he continues to talk to the team, and hopes to stay. He’s previously said he had options, and wasn’t worried about his future.

I guarantee you I will retire as a Chicago Bear,” Tillman told 670 The Score.

“The Bears and I are in good spirits,” he said. “There’s no bad blood, there’s nothing. We are in good spirits. There’s no bad blood with myself or Coach [Marc] Trestman. Like, everything is good. We’re are all on good terms.”

There’s some easy dot-connecting that could put Tillman with former coach Lovie Smith in Tampa, but Tillman seemed optimistic he could find a way to play a 12th year with the Bears, and perhaps beyond. Of course, he might just be talking about a ceremonial retirement, in case things don’t work out as he hopes.

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16 Responses to “Charles Tillman guarantees he’ll retire a Bear”
  1. blackandbluedivision says: Jan 30, 2014 4:03 PM

    Man, I hope he stays. Urlacher was falling apart in his last year. Tillman was still playing at a high level before he got hurt. Plus, he’s huge in this community. Not a sellout like Idonije.

  2. firerogergoodell says: Jan 30, 2014 4:07 PM

    Mike Zimmer will bring him to Minnesota. You heard it here first.

  3. thevikesarebest says: Jan 30, 2014 4:10 PM

    THE VI KINGS OWN THE NFC NORTH NEXT YEAR.SKOL!

  4. kneelbeforesod says: Jan 30, 2014 4:12 PM

    “Charles Tillman guarantees he’ll retire a Bear”

    And Smokey slowly lowered the brim of his hat to hide the tears gently rolling down his furry cheek.

  5. arodgersgloryhole says: Jan 30, 2014 4:19 PM

    As he should.

  6. rationalitybias says: Jan 30, 2014 4:22 PM

    I hope he does come back, but I could see the Redskins or Tampa offering him a deal.

  7. myworldurjuslivinit says: Jan 30, 2014 4:24 PM

    …yep, until they ‘disrespect’ him and he signs elsewhere…man’s gotta feed the family.

  8. JSpicoli says: Jan 30, 2014 4:31 PM

    So did Jason Collins

  9. ravenswhat says: Jan 30, 2014 4:52 PM

    Oh? Sad to hear peanut will be retiring before next season.

  10. initialsgbm says: Jan 30, 2014 4:59 PM

    Tillman is definitely one of my favorite players still current. And I have no doubt he will retire as a Chicago Bears so will Urlacher when the time comes.

    But realistically Tillman will play somewhere else for his next contract. Chicago simply can’t afford to keep paying him $8M/season base salary and rebuild the defense at the same time.

  11. purpleguy says: Jan 30, 2014 5:04 PM

    Good guy, good player — hope he gets his wish even though he kills my team.

  12. suckit619 says: Jan 30, 2014 5:16 PM

    Peanut is the greatest Bears DB ever. He needs to retire a Bear. Hopefully Emery doesn’t screw that up…

  13. backdapack4evr says: Jan 30, 2014 6:22 PM

    Keep him!!
    He is not that good!!

  14. cfos00 says: Jan 30, 2014 6:54 PM

    I don’t see why we wouldn’t try to resign him. He’s older but he’s still really productive. He was injured last season but it’s not like he’s been injury prone. Worst case scenerio, he’s lost a step—then move him to safety. Can’t possibly be worse than who we have there now. Bottom line is the secondary is a lot better with him than without.

  15. browngrizzly says: Jan 31, 2014 9:34 AM

    Tillman will retire! injuries and his age slowed him down last year, lets face it. Tillman is not a press corner, He is one of the best zone corners on a Tampa 2 defense and i dont see lovie smith giving him a big contract in tampa because revis is their main guy. I hope he retires or resigns for one more year…. BearDown. Superbowl run next year.

  16. respectgsh says: Jan 31, 2014 5:05 PM

    It is obvious he is saying that he will retire a Bear even if he doesn’t resign. I’m hoping he will stay, but they probably would have resigned him if that we’re the case.

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