Bears' Tillman has no plans to retire

Bears' Tillman has no plans to retire
January 25, 2014, 1:30 pm
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Scott Krinch

There was speculation back in November that Charles Tillman may never play another game in a Bears uniform after the team placed him on the IR with a triceps injury.

Now, it's looking like that could be a major possibility.

In the last two months, the Bears have handed out contract extensions to quarterback Jay Cutler, cornerback Tim Jennings, guard Matt Slauson and kicker Robbie Gould. To no surpise, Tillman wasn't extend.

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Tillman, who turns 33 next month, has no plans to retire. And he should have plenty of options when he hits free agency. He earned $7.95 million with the Bears in 2013, but if he wants to return to Chicago, he would have to accept a deal significantly lower from the cash-strapped Bears.

"I'm not really worried about it," Tillman told the Chicago Tribune's Fred Mitchell. "I have some decisions I have to make in the next couple of weeks, couple of months.

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"I am just going to see what happens. I have some options, I have some thoughts."

One option for Tillman in 2014 could be reuniting with former Bears head coach Lovie Smith, who's now in the same position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

After two straight Pro Bowl seasons, Tillman only played in eight games due to various injuries with the Bears in 2013. He recorded 32 tackles, three forced fumbles and three interceptions.

NFL free agency begins on March 11.