After news that Charles Tillman was lost for the remainder of the 2013 season, Bears fans and other teams had to wonder what the future held for the talented defensive back.
According to myrtlebeachonline.com, “Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn right triceps.
The Bears had left open the possibility of a comeback in the playoffs after he was injured against Detroit on Nov. 10 by placing him on the injured reserve/designated to return list.”
Tillman played at the University of Louisiana at Lefayette. He was selected by the Bears in the second round of the 2003 Draft. Tillman is known for his cover skills as well as his ability to force fumbles by stripping or "punching" the ball away from players.
Although he was scheduled to start practice this week, Tillman, according to Bears head coach Mark Trestman, has not made enough progress to do so. Tillman may have already played his last game in a Bears jersey and with that comes the question of which teams may be interested in him? Here are five teams who should have him on their radar.
Don’t count the Bears out. Chicago plays well with Tillman in the line up. Could he stay of the right offer is made. Tillman has played the first 10 years of his career in Chicago. It would be a shame to see him leave Soldier Field.
The Lions still need help with the defense and the secondary. Tillman would not only be a welcomed addition, he would be a steal from a team within the division. The Lions signed Rashean Mathis in free agency over the summer to add depth and experience and to help mentor younger defensive backs. Tillman could have the same effect.
New England Patriots
The Patriots continue to win with smoke and mirrors. Bill Belichick finds players to come and play a roll with this team. He does that both on offense and defense and while those parts seem interchangeable, he continues to win all the time. Tillman can still make the secondary even better.
Even at his age, Tillman will be one of the hottest commodities on the market if he does not sign an extension with the team. Daniel Snyder loves to spend money on veterans who he thinks can make an impact on this team and help them win. Tillman can still do that. Carlos Rogers is living proof.
Call this the Charles Woodson proposition. Woodson had a pretty good career in Oakland and left the team for Green Bay where he had an exceptional career including a Super Bowl ring. I am not saying Oakland will win a Super Bowl anytime soon, but Tillman could have a second career on the west coast.