Will Charles Tillman retire as a Bear? He 'guarantees' it

Will Charles Tillman retire as a Bear? He 'guarantees' it
January 30, 2014, 5:00 pm
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CSN Staff

The biggest storyline of the offseason for the Bears is their defense and how they plan to address what the issues that plagued the unit last season.

And the biggest storyline of the defense may very well be Charles Tillman's future.

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The man affectionately known as "Peanut" helped quell some of the concerns surrounding his future Thursday on The Laurence Holmes Show on 670 The Score.

"The Bears and I are in good spirits. There's no bad blood, there's nothing," Tillman said. "There's no bad blood with myself or Coach Trestman. Like, everything is good. We're all on good terms.

"In a perfect world, I will finish [my career] as a Bear. I guarantee you I will retire as a Chicago Bear. I guarantee that."

Tillman missed half of the 2013 season with a triceps injury, but still recorded three interceptions, seven pass deflections and 41 tackles in eight games.

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With former Bears coach Lovie Smith running the show in Tampa Bay, speculation has run rampant that a free agent like Tillman — who had a great relationship with Smith during his nine-year tenure in Chicago — might sign with the Buccaneers to reunite with his old coach.

Tillman turns 33 next month and just finished his 11th pro season.