Tillman chillin' in the Pro Bowl, too


Tillman chillin' in the Pro Bowl, too

Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, one of the three finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award to be announced Saturday, enjoyed his first-ever trip to the Pro Bowl. He hung out with his family and took it easy off and on the field, just like the vast majority of players on the AFC and NFC squads.

It was one of those great Griswold family vacations in Hawaii, Tillman said, with reference to the Chevy Chase movie classic about a family vacation. It was an experience. I definitely had a blast and look forward to going to more. Every player should experience it at least one time with your family.

And as far as the game itself, Tillman was a teeny bit sheepish. The hitting was minimal, putting the Pro Bowl alongside the NHL and NBA all-star games. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers went so far to say that some players embarrassed themselves with the pulled punches.

Even New England head coach Bill Belichick wasnt saying it was a hard-played event. What Im going to say wouldnt be probably what I should say, Belichick began, which of course served to get the attention of everyone in the room. What it was and what it used to be are different.

No argument there. Tillman was honest about it.

Certain plays definitely looked bad, he agreed. We could have played a little bit harder than what we were playing. Ill admit no ones going out there to play like a playoff game in that playoff atmosphere.

But WE, and Ill say we, could have played harder on certain plays. We took off on a few plays.

Tillman was drafted in 2003 by Jerry Angelo, fired last month as general manager. Tillman was sorry to see him leave but understands how the operation and business work.

I was one of Jerrys kids," Tillman said. "Not to be funny but I was one of the guys Jerry drafted so from that standpoint I got a contract through him. He was good on his words with myself. What George McCaskey or Ted Phillips do upstairs, thats what they get paid to do.

Its a business, its a process, and Im sure one day I might get cut before I retire. So Im sure he didnt take it personal.

Check back for more on Tillmans Payton MOY status.

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Missouri OLB Charles Harris

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Missouri OLB Charles Harris

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Charles Harris, OLB, Missouri

6'3" | 253 lbs.

2016 stats:

61 tackles, 12 TFL, 9 sacks


First round

Scouting Report:

"High-cut pass rusher with good athleticism but concerns regarding his ability to drop anchor against the run. Ironically, Harris might be best suited as a penetrator which is something he fought against this season. His hands can be improved as pass rush weapons, but he has agility and footwork that can't be taught. Harris can play on the edge in a 4-3 or 3-4 front and should be the next in a line of early contributing defensive ends coming out of Missouri." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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Ex-Bear Brandon Marshall an early favorite at NFL owners meetings

Ex-Bear Brandon Marshall an early favorite at NFL owners meetings

PHOENIX – Brandon Marshall never needed a whole lot of encouragement to step before a microphone but the NFL, which sometimes wished he'd put a sock in it, has now invited the former Bears wide receiver to speak up.
The NFL extended an invitation for Marshall, whose time in Chicago ended in some measure because of his insistence on pursuing the media portion of his career, to address the league higher-up's ostensibly as part of a communications bridge-building. Marshall jumped at the chance.
"They thought it was important for a player to come up and give a player's perspective and talk about the relationship between owners and players," Marshall said on Monday at the outset of the NFL owners meetings. "I think it's evident that our relationship could be so much better."
Marshall has been part of Showtime's "Inside the NFL" in recent years, flying to New York to participate in taping the show, and ultimately accepting a trade from the Bears to the Jets in 2015, which obviously cut down on his commute. The Jets released Marshall earlier this month, after which Marshall signed on with the Giants.
He told owners this week, "If we want our game to continue to be on that [positive] track, that it's on being super successful and being a pillar in our community and being a thread in our community, we have to make sure our relationship as players and owners is good."

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The immediate response was more than a little positive: Per San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York:

Marshall predictably welcomed the forum and wants to see it expanded.

"I'd like to see more players be more involved in our owners meetings," Marshall said. "And not only at the owners meetings, but any time we're talking football, we should have players at the table. Commissioner Goodell is always open-minded. He always has that open-door policy. So I think he'll continue to listen and continue to evolve this part of our business."