Yesterday, Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman discussed his future status with the storied franchise on 670-AM The Score. Tillman stated, “I guarantee you I will retire as a Chicago Bear. I guarantee that.”
Sure, at first impression, that could give everyone the indication that the 11-year veteran has all intentions of re-signing with the Bears. That could be a difficult task, considering the fact that Chicago re-signed fellow cornerback Tim Jennings, and the limited cap room the organization has for the 2014 season.
Even with Tillman’s guarantee, there could still be the possibility that the two-time Pro Bowler will sign a deal with another team, and once his playing days are over, come back to the Windy City just to sign a one-day contract to officially retire as a Bear.
There has been a lot of speculation that Tillman will be swayed to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and reunite with former head coach Lovie Smith.
I have no doubt in my mind that Tillman actually would love to continue playing in Chicago. There hasn’t been any proof of Tillman willing to give the Bears a hometown discount when negotiating a new deal. However, regardless of what will eventually be put on the table, the almighty dollar will have the final say in whether or not Tillman will be in Chicago for the rest of his career.
So to all of the die-hard Bears fans out there, as good as it may sound to hear that the franchise’s best cornerback is guaranteeing that he’ll retire as a Bear, please read between the lines and take notice that there is more than one way for Tillman to achieve that goal.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.