Chicago Bears Re-Sign Charles Tillman, Keep Valuable Veteran Piece in Place

By Andrew Fisher
Charles Tillman
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For year and years, the one thing you could count on with the Chicago Bears was great defense. Up until the 2013 season, it was offense (or lack of offense) that was holding the Bears back. But when Marc Trestman got to town and Alshon Jeffery emerged, focus in Chicago quickly turned to the other side of the ball. What was wrong with the Bears once great defense?

To be simple about it, Chicago’s defense got old in a hurry.

So coming into the 2014 season, fans knew that many changes were coming. Along with that, the future of one long-time Bear was very much in question. That guy was Charles Tillman.

The veteran corner had a very rough season in 2013. He was only able to make half the starts due to injury and with an expiring contract, it seemed like his days in the Windy City were over.

But after a visit to Tampa Bay that didn’t result in a contract, news has emerged that Tillman will be brought back to Chicago on a one-year deal.

2014 will now become the corner’s 12th season with the Bears, and this time, it could legitimately be his last. However, it’s still a good time to be a Bear. Even though they fell just short of the playoffs last season, Chicago will be back in contention in 2014. Having an established veteran like Tillman on board is definitely a good thing, as he’ll be able to set the tone for some of the younger guys the Bears figure to bring in via the draft.

That’s what this move is really all about. Obviously, Tillman can still go on the gridiron. But at the same time, he’ll keep the Bears defensive tradition alive and also be able to show new defenders what playing in Chicago is all about.


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