After a tough loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday that knocked the Chicago Bears out of first place in the NFC South, the team has announced they’ll be without Al-Pro cornerback Charles Tillman for the remainder of the regular season after the team placed him on injured reserve with a designation to return in eight weeks:
Tillman can’t rejoin the Bears until eight weeks from now, so their secondary will need to step up without one of their best defensive players. Tillman is in the final year of his contract and will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.
So was Sunday’s loss against the Lions the last time we’ll ever see Tillman in a Bears uniform? Bears beat writer Dan Pompei believes this could be a similar situation to that of the Bears’ contract dispute with Brian Urlacher:
It depends on a lot of factors. First the Bears will have to decide if they want a 33-year old cornerback in their lineup. My guess is they will take him if they can get him at a good price, and they will make him a contract offer that will constitute a pay cut from what he currently is making. In other words, they will treat Tillman the same way they treated Brian Urlacher. If Tillman responds the same way, he’s gone. If finishing in Chicago is important to him, he could be back. Regardless of his situation, the Bears need to get another good young cornerback they can count on to start.