The Chicago Bears have already parted ways with one favorite when they announced they will not be resigning Devin Hester and the team could lose another in former pro bowl cornerback Charles Tillman as Brad Biggs from The Chicago Tribune reports its a ‘toss up‘ that Tillman will return to the only team he’s played for in his career.
“I think this is a real toss-up at we move close to the opening of free agency. The Bears have publicly stated they would like to have Tillman back and he’s said he would like to be back but obviously there isn’t a dollar amount they can agree on at this point because barring something unexpected, he will reach the open market on Tuesday afternoon. Tillman has talked about this since the day after the season ended and he hasn’t changed his tune once. Given his age — he just turned 33 — and the fact that he missed significant time last season with injuries, I’d suspect he’s looking at a one-year contract offer.”
If Tillman finds the open market isn’t very receptive to a 33-year-old corner coming off a season-ending injury as he’s hoping, then I’d like the chances of him returning to Chicago at a reasonable price.
However, the team already resigned one corner in Tim Jennings and have a number of holes to address on the defense and may decide that he simply isn’t in their future plans much like Hester and Brian Urlacher last year were no longer needed.