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Bears agree to deal with Charles Tillman

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Charles Tillman will return for a 12th season in Chicago.

The Bears and Tillman have reached agreement on a one-year contract, the club said Friday.

One of the toughest and most disruptive cornerbacks of his generation, the 33-year-old Tillman has intercepted 36 passes and forced 42 fumbles since joining Chicago as a second-round pick in 2003. Tillman (6-2, 198) started all eight games in which he played a season ago, recording 41 tackles and picking off three passes.

Off the field, Tillman was selected the 2013 Walter Payton Man of The Year by the NFL in February.

Tillman visited the Buccaneers and former coach Lovie Smith in free agency, but in the end, PFT’s 54th-ranked free agent stayed with the club for whom he’s been such a key player for so long.

Sean Jensen of ThriveSports.com first reported news of Tillman’s pact with Chicago.

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47 Responses to “Bears agree to deal with Charles Tillman”
  1. calkinsrob says: Mar 14, 2014 4:58 PM

    WOOOOO!!! Thought hed go to TB for sure. So happy hes back.

  2. alshonbrandontandem says: Mar 14, 2014 5:00 PM

    Welcome back Peanut. Bear Down Chicago Bears!!!

  3. LilTmac2003 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:01 PM

    Good for him and good for the Bears.

    I love Urlacher but I guess he was wrong about the Bears having no loyalty.

    Can’t wait to see the Peanut Punch in action this upcoming season!

  4. bears0492 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:02 PM

    YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

    Still the only CB that can shut down Megatron (and the reason Calvin didn’t have his 2000 yard season).

    I’m curious to see how much we are paying him, but regardless, I’m ecstatic to have Peanut back.

    Another positive of this deal? Lovie freaking Smith doesn’t steal another Chicago Bear.

  5. bears0492 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:03 PM

    Reports have his salary at just under 3.5 mil. That’s a bargain for a potential difference maker and steady veteran in our defensive backfield!

  6. dabears72 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:04 PM

    1 more year of Peanut Punch! Woo Hoo!!!!

  7. chicagosports2014 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:04 PM

    Welcome Back Peanut

    BearDown!!!!!

  8. tformation says: Mar 14, 2014 5:06 PM

    Greatest news I’ve heard all day! Welcome back Peanut! We need you back healthy and strong!

    BEAR DOWN!!

  9. jazsrt says: Mar 14, 2014 5:08 PM

    One more ride.

    Glad he’s back and can retire a Bear after this season.

  10. mackcarrington says: Mar 14, 2014 5:14 PM

    “Peanut” probably took peanuts to end his career in Chicago.

  11. doug1grohlin says: Mar 14, 2014 5:14 PM

    This is great news! They had too many holes to worry about Peanut’s replacement this year.

    PEANUT!

  12. monsters3493 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:15 PM

    That’s 14 bears resigned this year but no loyalty

  13. fugginswheat says: Mar 14, 2014 5:15 PM

    Welcome Home Peanut!!! Brian, you should’ve done the same last year!

  14. lalder95 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:16 PM

    Love Peanut. Probably my All-time favorite Bear. So glad he’ll be back!

  15. bbking0420 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:18 PM

    I am so thrilled to hear that Peanut is coming back for another year. I can see moving on from Peppers and Hester.I will miss #23 though returning kicks and punts!!! Tillman has that IT factor though, great ball awareness and he punches that ball out better than any cornerback I have seen. Now lets please get us some safety help in the draft, and lets get Jay Cutler a valuable backup. I am thinking Ryan Fitzpatrick. BEARDOWN!!!

  16. blackandbluedivision says: Mar 14, 2014 5:19 PM

    Welcome back Peanut!! Yes.

    In one offseason this defense went from to a horrible disgrace to mediocre. Good enough.

    Now we need a good draft and/or hope Melton comes back to get us to average.

  17. v5thnov says: Mar 14, 2014 5:21 PM

    This is absolutely ideal for the Bears, very excited to have Tillman back for one more year! Love what they have done with free agency so far, and if they can get either Melton or Wootton back under contract (or somehow even both) if will have been an extremely successful offseason for Chicago. When the draft comes around, I’d love to see C.J. Mosley in a Bears uniform at pick 14. One of the best all-around football players in the draft and fills a glaring need at linebacker for us. Given our moves so far, DT is still a big need, but we can acquire a solid option in the second round. We can also wait until next season to address Corner in the draft and use our first round pick to grab the best available. If C.J Mosley is gone by pick 14, we can take our highest rated DL/S/CB with our first two picks. Love the versatility and options Tillman coming back gives us!

  18. jojopuppyfish says: Mar 14, 2014 5:22 PM

    As a bears fan, and feel free to call me a homer, but I think he’s a hall of famer……look up his total turnovers created and he’s up there with people in the hof

  19. wyboemail says: Mar 14, 2014 5:22 PM

    Difference between Peanut, Lacker, and Pepp is that Peanut can still play and be productive on the field. I love Urlacher but dang he needs to quit with the ragging on the Bears for doing what needs to be done. I went to the Seahawks game two years ago and Urlacher was really slow in person. I knew it was time for him to hang it up.
    Welcome back NFL Man of the Year!
    The defense just got even better.

  20. dawindbag says: Mar 14, 2014 5:25 PM

    Awesome, glad to see a 1-year deal too to avoid dead money if the bottom falls out.

    Hope Peanut is happy with it.

  21. bearshaterseverywhere says: Mar 14, 2014 5:31 PM

    Best force fumble CB ever to play. So glad he is staying! Jennings and Tillman are both probowlers and we need them bad!!! Go Bears!!!!

  22. thevza says: Mar 14, 2014 5:34 PM

    Hey, we all love Peanut, and it’s good to have him back for one last ride. However, I hope Emery still finds a solid rookie cornerback in the early rounds of the draft though, because with Tillman’s history of injuries odds are he won’t be starting 16 games this year.

  23. spliff219 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:35 PM

    Hell yea. You belong in a Bears jersey Peanut. I love it

  24. sportsfanjay says: Mar 14, 2014 5:35 PM

    Now the Bears will draft a corner and he’ll hopefully learn all that Peanut can teach him. Great sign!

  25. hyzers says: Mar 14, 2014 5:39 PM

    Yeah him and a safety sitting 20 yards from the line of scrimmage shut Megatron down last year! 4 TDs and ol peanut hurt his arm. Shut em down for sure!

  26. purpleguy says: Mar 14, 2014 5:46 PM

    That’s a good move for the Bears — always liked Peanut — except when he played my team.

  27. larryboodry says: Mar 14, 2014 5:49 PM

    Man, this is great news for the Bears and us fans. And it shows what caliber of person he is that not one comment so far has criticized this move.

    Welcome back, Peanut, glad you never really left.

  28. larryboodry says: Mar 14, 2014 5:52 PM

    @hyzers:

    If it was that simple, everyone could do it…And our safeties last year couldn’t ‘help’ an old granny cross the street.

  29. celly84 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:53 PM

    I’m one of the many that was hoping for Tillman to rejoin Lovie in Tampa.

    Bummed we missed out on this one.

    GoBucs.

  30. jazsrt says: Mar 14, 2014 5:54 PM

    hyzers says:
    Mar 14, 2014 5:39 PM
    Yeah him and a safety sitting 20 yards from the line of scrimmage shut Megatron down last year! 4 TDs and ol peanut hurt his arm. Shut em down for sure!
    _________________________________

    7-9, third place in the division.

  31. larryboodry says: Mar 14, 2014 6:01 PM

    @jazsrt:

    But they somehow beat us twice, and so therefore we must bow down to them.

    Kitty fans are so delusional.

  32. evansvc says: Mar 14, 2014 6:01 PM

    GM/Coach, sit down and talk to this guy…I think he can help…..
    There are a lot worse QBs on NFL rosters that has never had the success Vince Young has had …(NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    I hope he gets another chance even if it’s third string…

  33. icebowler says: Mar 14, 2014 6:03 PM

    Damn, I guess my Packers will have to over stress hanging on to the damn ball again in camp this year. Peanut’s one of my worst nightmares.

  34. 2difshoe says: Mar 14, 2014 6:10 PM

    bears0492 says:
    Mar 14, 2014 5:02 PM
    YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

    Still the only CB that can shut down Megatron (and the reason Calvin didn’t have his 2000 yard season).

    I’m curious to see how much we are paying him, but regardless, I’m ecstatic to have Peanut back.

    Another positive of this deal? Lovie freaking Smith doesn’t steal another Chicago Bear.

    =====================================

    1 year, 3.3 million.

  35. larryboodry says: Mar 14, 2014 6:10 PM

    evansvc, nobody wants Vince Young, or he’d be on a pro football roster somewhere.

  36. staffordsyear says: Mar 14, 2014 6:14 PM

    lol.

  37. jazsrt says: Mar 14, 2014 6:19 PM

    larryboodry says:
    Mar 14, 2014 6:01 PM
    @jazsrt:

    But they somehow beat us twice, and so therefore we must bow down to them.

    Kitty fans are so delusional.
    _________________________

    I especially like the flack we’re getting for signing Young when they signed Idonije last year.

    I guess those ‘two win over the Bears colored glasses’ are really dark.

  38. jimmysee says: Mar 14, 2014 6:29 PM

    This Packers fan is happy to see Peanut remain in Chicago.

    He is a gallant and honorable foe.

  39. 11dancingditkas says: Mar 14, 2014 6:32 PM

    Great to have you back Peanut!!! Glad you felt welcome coming back to/staying with the Bears. Love your loyalty.

  40. tone360 says: Mar 14, 2014 6:33 PM

    There it is!!! Waited all week to read that headline. Now I’m pumped up for the season. Emery you’re the man! Now anyway to get Jared Allen to come back down to earth on his demands or renegotiate with Peppers?

  41. v5thnov says: Mar 14, 2014 6:44 PM

    @jimmysee: A touch of class and civility to the rivalry, haha. I dig it, it is appreciated.

  42. bassplucker says: Mar 14, 2014 7:55 PM

    Counbt me as another Bears fan who is seriously stoked by this news.

    Not only will this be a huge morale boost for a D that needs to do a LOT of work this offseason, it also means we aren’t forced to reach for a CB in the first round. We can take some kid in the 3rd who has skills but needs a little seasoning and let him learn for a year behind one of the best there ever was… in the process saving precious first and second round ammo for DL and S help which is much more desperately needed.

    Kudos to Emery for keeping Peanut in the fold one more year.

  43. ozzies85dinger says: Mar 14, 2014 8:06 PM

    Tillman has the best upper cut punch in football. Love his rip move too. Go get some turnovers yourself some turnovers son!!!

  44. labucs says: Mar 14, 2014 11:09 PM

    Congratulations. Can you now please trade for Josh McCown back too? Buc fans want Glennon.

  45. moses74 says: Mar 14, 2014 11:23 PM

    Great to see Peanut Puncher back for 1 more good “hopefully” full season of play.

    But guys…why do the bears see in Chris Conte? I use to keep my eye’s focused on this guy because he just seems like such a HUGE HUGE weak link for Bears D…what gives? He’s (conte) a 2nd or 3rd stringer in my opinion

  46. moses74 says: Mar 14, 2014 11:27 PM

    Ugh…i meant to say why do bears keep Conti? Just wasted baggage imho

  47. motionaway says: Mar 15, 2014 1:10 PM

    Mel Trucker’s record as a Defensive Coordinator has been: 2013 30th 2012 30th 2011 6th 2010 28th 2009 23rd. His record speak for itself. The Bears defense this year will be fortunate to rank as high as 23rd. The Trestman Culter love affair is not good. Odds are that Cutler will get hurt again.

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