Chicago Bears corner-back Charles Tillman goes by a few nicknames, either Punch Out due to his ability to force fumbles with his quick hands, or Peanut which was given to him by his Aunt as a child.
One of the best defensive players the franchise of the Chicago Bears has ever had, now enters the final year of his contract. Tillman, an 11 year veteran plans on looking over his options next February on whether to retire or play for another team.
It’s always a players goal to win a Super Bowl, that goal fell short of a Super Bowl loss against Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts back in 2006. Since then the Chicago Bears have made it to the playoffs a few times, leading to a division match up against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game a few seasons ago, a game in which they lost.
Peanut Tillman’s priority of course, is to win a Super Bowl. He says the Bears are in a ‘win right now business’ mode. He is excited to play for new head coach Marc Trestman and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, but he wants to make sure that they have a winning formula in position before he commits to another contract with the Chicago Bears.
“My goal coming into this league was to play 10 years. Anything after that was truly a bonus.” – Tillman told Chicago Tribune today.
As a Chicago Bears fan I understand Tillman weighing his options after the season. You never know, he could get that Super Bowl championship with the Chicago Bears this season. He has seen many teammates arrive and retire without winning a Super Bowl, Brian Urlacher being one of them.
If it takes leaving the Bears for Tillman to win a Super Bowl, then as a fan I understand and support his decision.