The Chicago Bears may end up losing Charles Tillman this offseason, but the cornerback noted he would without a doubt retire as a member of the Chicago Bears. While fans took that as Tillman saying he’d either re-sign or retire, it really meant that Tillman will not retire until the Bears sign him to one of those single day contracts.
In the meantime, it appears Tillman isn’t ready to hang up the cleats and may take an extended pitstop in Tampa Bay to play for former head coach Lovie Smith and the Buccaneers. Tillman spoke about reuniting with his former coach and noted that he thinks it’s not a bad idea.
Per the Chicago Sun-Times:
“I think it helps it from a standpoint that it’s a former coach, a guy that you liked, a guy that you’d been with for 10 years. It’s cool. But it’s free agency. I’m open to whoever.”
There were rumblings as soon as Smith was hired in Tampa Bay that he’d be assembling his old defense that the Bears no longer want and bring in guys like Tillman and Lance Briggs. Given the Buccaneers need for help at cornerback, the team could very much use a tandem like Darrelle Revis and Charles Tillman to help lock down receivers and further improve and already impressive defense.