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

Will Charles Tillman consider a position change?

The Chicago Bears were able to avoid a possible Brian Urlacher type fall out with veteran corner-back Charles Tillman after both sides were able to come to an agreement on what could have been Tillman’s final contract as an active player.

Knowing that Tillman will be returning to the Chicago Bears for at least one more years is comforting to die hard Chicago Bears fans across the globe. Charles is one of the original veterans on this team and if he were to leave, Briggs would be the only guy on the defense who has been with the team for more than five years.

Yes, Tillman’s season was cut short due to an injury, but he’s still a huge piece of this defense whenever he’s healthy and on the field. The man has played through so many injuries, it’s ridiculous.

Now that Tillman’s back with the organization and the team focusing on upgrading key positions on the defensive side of the ball through the draft, what will they do with Peanut?

This year we’re going to see defensive end Shea McClellin convert from an end to a linebacker and could possibly see the same thing with Tillman. I’m not saying that the team is considering throwing Tillman in the secondary, but wouldn’t be that bad of an idea.

A position change would be necessary if the Bears decide to bring back Henry Melton for another year. If not, they’ll need to draft a defensive tackle with their first round pick.

Right now they need to focus on either a defensive tackle or corner-back with their number 14 selection. Tillman may not be able to compete with Ryan Mundy, but could compete with Chris Conte if this were to happen. I know Charles Tillman doesn’t want to play safety anywhere (he told but could be talked into changing things up.

What do you think Bears fans?

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  • John Vassar

    Playing S would extend his career and then the Bears draft a CB at 14 (which is probably the direction anyway). Melton is not a factor any more, he comes back great if not so be it. They can grab some good prospects in the 3rd for DT. If Tillman stays at CB, the Bears still need to take on early to get ready for his retirement. So CB, S, DT, QB, C, DL/RB

  • Brian

    As long as he’s ok with the switch, I’d love to see Peanut as a safety. Having him and Mundy in the backfield could prove to be a solid backfield if we were able to Draft Gilbert with the #14 pick. However, I feel if we are going CB at 14 then we need to resign Melton for the middle of the line to put beside the younger Tackle we draft pick… But if we can make these moves I would be ecstatic with the outcome of the Bears offseason. I’m happy so far regardless, but those moves would put us bin the position of being good to an automatic contender… Barring injury of course.

    • michael

      He shouldn’t play safety at all. He is still a better corner then Tim Jennings. Yes, you can say he is getting old but he 100% healthy now. He stays in great shape all year. Brandon Marshall even knows that. I don’t see Tillman playing poorly this year at all. If Melton come back Bears should draft a safety with the 14th pick if he doesn’t get a DT.

      • Brian

        Michael, I never said the he would play poorly, I know that he is a better corner than Jennings. I was simply agreeing with the idea of the move to safety isn’t a bad idea at all. He is nearing the end of his career, and it would give him more years on the field. Not every CB can make that transition, but he has the size, athleticism to do it. Other than Clinton-Dix, There is not a safety in this year’s draft worth a 1st round pick. However there’s plenty of talent at CB… If the Bears aren’t going to take Aaron Donald at 14, I see them making a move to get Gilbert.

  • ManGod

    South Carolina DT Kelcy Quarles is who I seriously think the Bears are considering in the draft at #14. He is big, fast and very athletic and a major reason why Clowney had the season he had. As for Tillman, he will be back in the lineup as the starting CB alongside Jennings and if any current CB on the roster is moved to S …I seriously believe it will be Mundy. Say what you will, but Tillman is still the best CB on the Bear’s roster and he and Jennings will start the season again as the Bear’s CBs. As far as the draft goes, I would not be surprised to see Emery trade up or trade down depending on how the first 7-10 picks align. I think if he has a shot at trading up to get a special type of player early, he will. But, I actually see him leaning more to trading down and going after Quarles or another highly athletic big DT especially if the Bears are able to resign Melton before the draft. I also think that if the Bears can trade down and get a later 2nd round and a 3rd or even a 3rd and a 4th round pick the long range outlook is better overall for the Bears at bringing in some very good , high quality playmakers for the future. I trust what Emery is doing right now in the FA period, and there is little not to like when he makes decisions in the draft. I think McCellan will stand out at the SAM LB and we will se him actually become a serious threat and dominant force there where he can utilize more of his skill set which he was drafted for to begin with at his natural position.