Sep 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) takes the field against the Cincinnati Bengals at Soldier Field. Chicago defeats Cincinnati 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Tampa Bay Buccaneers eyeing Charles Tillman as Darrelle Revis replacement

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When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were first linked to Chicago Bears cornerback Charles ‘Peanut’ Tillman, the fantasy of having two of the best cornerbacks in the league paired on same secondary was overwhelming Bucs fans. After all, the secondary has been awful for years and bouncing back from the Dark Ages with a combo of Darrelle Revis and Charles Tillman with some Johnathan Banks mixed in was a marvelous thought.

Turns out it was an either/or situation as the Buccaneers appear to be targeting Tillman as a replacement for Revis, not a complement.

Per the Chicago Tribune:

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are interested in acquiring cornerback Charles Tillman and reuniting him with former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, two sources with knowledge of the situation told the Tribune on Tuesday.

It’s very possible that the original idea was to pair Revis and Tillman, but the aggressive nature in which Tampa Bay is severing ties with Revis seems to suggest interest in Tillman has always been of the replacement nature.

This is not the first time we’re hearing about Tillman going to Tampa Bay, which means it’s more and more likely to happen. The Bucs just locked up Michael Johnson to a $43.7 million deal and are eyeing Anthony Collins as well. Adding Tillman to the mix could make for an epic trifecta to kick off free agency this year.

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