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- New Orleans
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- San Francisco
- St. Louis
- Tampa Bay
current status: Triceps injury, injured reserve
#33 CB | 6'2", 198 lbs. | Chicago
Birth Date:February 23, 1981 (33 years old) Place of Birth:Chicago, IL Hometown:Copperas Cove, TX College:Louisiana-Lafayette
Drafted:Drafted by Chicago in 2003 (2/35).
Drafted:Drafted by Chicago in 2003 (2/35).
|Assets:||Often takes on the No. 1 receiver and handles his duties well. Can jam opponents effectively and win jump balls. A tall, strong player who's a good hitter and can dislodge the football. Runs well with the ball in his hands.|
|Flaws:||Has lost some of his explosiveness and big-play ability with age. Not as effective when playing off his receiver than when tight on him. Injuries are a growing concern.|
|Career Potential:||Quality veteran cornerback on the decline, when healthy.|
Career Honors & Awards
|NFL||Walter Payton Man of the Year||2013|
|NFL||Named to play in Pro Bowl||2012, 2011|
Movements & Injuries
|9/15/2014||Triceps injury, injured reserve.|
|3/14/2014||Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Chicago Bears to a one-year contract.|
|3/11/2014||Declared free agent.|
|11/11/2013||Triceps injury, injured reserve/designated for return list.|
|12/14/2012||Fined $7,875 by the NFL.|
|12/30/2009||Lung injury, injured reserve.|
|9/05/2009||Activated from the physically unable to perform list (back injury).|
|7/24/2007||Signed by the Chicago Bears to a six-year contract extension.|
|9/22/2004||Knee injury, out.|
|4/26/2003||Drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 2nd round (35th overall) in 2003.|
Bears CB Peanut Tillman left Sunday night's game against San Francisco with an apparent triceps injury and will be placed on injured reserve ending his season. | 09/15/2014 4:05 PM
NewsBears CB Peanut Tillman left Sunday night's game against San Francisco with an apparent triceps injury and will be placed on injured reserve ending his season.
ImpactTillman is a two-time Pro Bowler, who missed time in 2013 with the same injury. This is a significant blow to the Bears defense.
Bears CB Peanut Tillman left Sunday night's game against San Francisco with an apparent triceps injury. | 09/14/2014 11:05 PM
NewsBears CB Peanut Tillman left Sunday night's game against San Francisco with an apparent triceps injury.
ImpactTillman is a two-time Pro Bowler, who missed time in 2013 with the same injury.
Bears GM: We're keeping Peanut at cornerback | 05/09/2014 4:53 PM
NewsSpeaking Friday, Bears GM Phil Emery insisted that Peanut Tillman would remain at cornerback, and not be moved to safety.
Jeff Dickerson on Twitter
Bears keep CB Peanut Tillman with 1-year deal | 03/14/2014 4:47 PM
NewsBears re-signed CB Charles Tillman to a one-year contract.
ImpactTillman visited the Bucs and former Bears coach Lovie Smith in free agency, but otherwise received zero interest. Peanut was one of the league's top corners in 2012, but was ineffective as he played through injury last season. A born playmaker, Tillman is open to moving to safety. The Bears have holes at both safety and cornerback, but going on 33, safety could make the most sense for Tillman in 2014.
Bucs host Peanut Tillman | 03/12/2014 2:49 PM
NewsThe Bucs hosted free agent CB Charles Tillman on Wednesday.
ImpactThe Buccaneers had a slew of visitors at One Buc Place on the second day of free agency, including Josh McCown whom they proceeded to hand a two-year, $10 million deal. Tillman reuniting with old coach Lovie Smith seems inevitable.
Bucs in on Charles Tillman, as expected | 03/11/2014 3:35 PM
NewsSources tell the Chicago Tribune that the Bucs are interested in free agent CB Charles Tillman.
Teams want to know if Tillman would play S | 03/07/2014 3:48 PM
NewsESPN's Adam Caplan reported on NFL Insiders that "teams are doing search" on free agent CB Charles Tillman's ability to play safety.
ImpactCaplan didn't say whether Tillman would be open to the position conversion, at which he's publicly balked in the past. Tillman has always been an excellent ball stripper and tackler. In theory, he'd be a natural fit for safety.
Charles Tillman still fighting tricep issue | 03/06/2014 11:53 AM
NewsFree agent CB Charles Tillman (torn right triceps) said he's still not medically cleared.
Bears unlikely to meet Tillman's asking price | 03/01/2014 5:03 PM
NewsESPN Chicago believes free agent CB Charles Tillman would have to accept a team-friendly deal to re-sign with the Bears.
ImpactThe Bears have cap constraints and multiple needs to address this offseason, so Tillman would almost certainly have to settle for less than what he can command on the open market. There's been heavy speculation that Tillman could reunite with former coach Lovie Smith in Tampa and he's likely to draw interest from multiple teams. Tillman is Rotoworld's No. 8 free agent corner.
Charles Tillman reiterates he's staying at CB | 02/19/2014 1:54 PM
NewsFree agent CB Charles Tillman reiterated that he's not open to playing safety.
Impact"I don't want to play safety anywhere," Tillman said. The soon-to-be 33-year-old said as much in November after he was placed on injured reserve with a triceps injury. Though he has the size (6-foot-2, 198) to play the position, Peanut is determined to show he can still be an above-average corner after a down 2013. He's been linked to the Bucs in recent weeks but is "open to whoever."
Charles Tillman open to signing with Bucs | 02/03/2014 5:17 PM
NewsFree agent CB Charles Tillman expressed some interest in signing with Lovie Smith's Buccaneers.
Chicago Sun Times
ImpactBucs second-round pick Johnthan Banks had a rough rookie season, and teaming Tillman with Darrelle Revis would greatly upgrade Tampa Bay's secondary. "Peanut" was a favorite of Smith's in Chicago. "It makes the deal probably a little sweeter just because it's a former head coach," Tillman said. "You do know the system ... It's a former coach, a guy that you liked, a guy that you'd been with for 10 years. It's cool. But it's free agency. I'm open to whoever."
Peanut Tillman hopes to re-sign with Bears | 01/30/2014 4:31 PM
NewsImpending free agent CB Peanut Tillman hopes to re-sign with the Bears, and "guarantees" he'll retire as a member of the organization.
ImpactAs in, even if Tillman moves on in free agency, he'll retire as a Bear. Tillman says the sides have been talking "every day," and remain on excellent terms. "The Bears and I are in good spirits," Tillman said. "There's no bad blood, there's nothing." Coming off an injury-marred season, Tillman would likely have to accept a team-friendly deal to be back with the Bears. The Bucs and former coach Lovie Smith will be the strong favorites for Tillman's services if he moves on from Chicago.
Bears unlikely to re-sign Charles Tillman | 01/25/2014 1:36 PM
NewsThe Chicago Tribune doesn't expect the Bears to re-sign free agent CB Charles Tillman.
ImpactTillman, 33, played in just eight games this season due to multiple injuries. The Bears are unlikely to offer a contract anywhere close to the $7.95 million he made in 2013, but there's been speculation that Tillman could reunite with Bucs coach Lovie Smith in Tampa. "I am just going to see what happens. I have options," Tillman said. Rotoworld ranks Tillman as the No. 6 free agent cornerback available this offseason. He could also be moved to safety depending on where he signs.
Peanut Tillman has no plans to retire | 12/30/2013 1:24 PM
NewsImpending free agent CB Peanut Tillman has no plans to retire, but acknowledges he might not be back with the Bears in 2014.
Rich Campbell on Twitter
ImpactRecovering from a torn triceps, Tillman is coming off a lost season where he appeared in only eight games. He'll turn 33 next month. Tillman is just one year removed from a monster campaign, but it's not unusual for cornerbacks to go downhill quickly after they turn 30. Tillman is 50-50 to re-up with Chicago.
Bears CB Tillman officially done for season | 12/16/2013 2:10 PM
NewsBears CB Charles Tillman (torn triceps) is officially done for the year.
Mike Garafolo on Twitter
ImpactCoach Marc Trestman made the announcement at his Monday presser. Tillman's recovery from the triceps tear has not progressed as quickly as hoped, and he won't come off of short-term I.R. when eligible in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. It was always a long shot, anyway. Tillman is now going on age 33. He struggled in 2013 and is not under contract with the Bears for 2014.
Peanut Tillman rules out switch to safety | 11/15/2013 8:56 AM
NewsBears CB Charles Tillman (triceps, short-term I.R.) ruled out a switch to safety.
ImpactNow that Tillman may be done for the season -- he'll only return if the Bears make the playoffs -- he's been getting questions regarding his future. Tillman will be a free agent after the season and admitted Monday that he may have played his final game as a Bear. He turns 33 in February and struggled badly in coverage this season. At 6-foot-2, 198, Tillman has the size to play safety.
Charles Tillman knows he might be done in CHI | 11/12/2013 9:17 AM
NewsCB Charles Tillman (triceps, short-term IR) admitted he might have played his last snap as a Bear.
ImpactTillman will only be able to return this season if the 5-4 Bears make the playoffs, and his contract is up after this season. The Bears will likely try to bring him back, but at a rate nowhere near the $7.95 million he's earning in 2013. Tillman will be 33 years old in February and struggled badly in coverage this year while battling knee issues.
Bears CB Tillman stashed on short-term I.R. | 11/11/2013 1:53 PM
NewsBears placed CB Charles Tillman on injured reserve/designated to return with a triceps injury.
Jeff Dickerson on Twitter
Bears list CB Tillman probable for MNF | 11/02/2013 1:37 PM
NewsBears CB Charles Tillman (knee) is probable for Monday night's Week 9 game against the Packers.
Brad Biggs on Twitter
ImpactTillman has been playing through his knee injury the last two games, so his status was never in doubt. He'll be all systems go for a matchup with Green Bay's top-five passing offense.
Charles Tillman ready to return for Bears | 10/20/2013 12:04 PM
NewsBears CB Charles Tillman (knee) is active for Sunday's Week 7 game against the Redskins.
ImpactTillman was a shell of himself through the first five games of the season. After sitting out the Thursday night Week 6 win over the Giants, he should be far healthier for this one. The Bears' pass defense currently ranks 23rd in the NFL.
Peanut Tillman inactive for Week 6 vs. NYG | 10/10/2013 7:05 PM
NewsBears CB Peanut Tillman (knee) is inactive for Week 6 against the Giants.
ImpactIn theory, it's good news for Eli Manning and the Giants, but Tillman has been struggling as he's played hurt. Tonight is his first missed game of the season. With 10 days to heal up, he'll likely be back for Week 7.
Charles Tillman a game-time call for CHI | 10/10/2013 10:21 AM
NewsBears CB Charles Tillman (knee) is considered a game-time call for Thursday night's game against the Giants.
ImpactTillman has been battling a knee issue for much of the season, leading to sharp decline in play. He's ProFootballFocus' No. 93 corner out of 104 qualifiers so far this season. On paper at least, it's a good matchup for Eli Manning and the Giants passing game.
Peanut Tillman active for Week 5 vs. Saints | 10/06/2013 11:42 AM
NewsBears CB Charles Tillman (knee) is active for Week 5 versus the Saints.
ImpactTillman was once again listed as questionable on the injury report this week. He isn't close to 100 percent and will likely be limited to playing the right side again. Inactive for the Bears are DT Stephen Paea, CB C.J. Wilson, S Anthony Walters, G James Brown, T Jonathan Scott, TE Steve Maneri, and DE Cornelius Washington. Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett are active.
Peanut Tillman ready to roll for Week 4 | 09/29/2013 11:44 AM
NewsBears CB Charles Tillman is active for Week 4 against the Lions.
ImpactThe Bears have confirmed Peanut will start. Inactive for the Bears are WR Marquess Wilson, WR Joe Anderson, CB Sherrick McManis, OT James Brown, OT Jonathan Scott, DE David Bass and DT Zach Minter.
Bears CB Charles Tillman cleared for Week 4 | 09/28/2013 1:38 PM
NewsBears CB Charles Tillman (questionable, groin) has been cleared for Week 4.
Stacey Dales on Twitter
ImpactTillman returned to a limited practice Friday and will play despite being listed as questionable. He's clearly not at full health, but his status was never in doubt. Tillman revealed earlier this week that he won't be shadowing Calvin Johnson, who he held to just eight catches and 106 yards in two games last season.
Charles Tillman expected to play | 09/27/2013 1:22 PM
NewsDespite being listed as questionable, Bears RCB Charles Tillman (groin, knee) is expected to play Sunday at Detroit.
Brad Biggs on Twitter
ImpactCoach Marc Trestman is "optimistic" about Tillman's status, and beat writer Brad Biggs is betting on Tillman playing. Tillman is clearly significantly less than 100 percent, and revealed during mid-week interviews he will not be shadowing Calvin Johnson, which is something he's done effectively in the past.
Charles Tillman (groin, knee) not practicing | 09/25/2013 2:52 PM
NewsBears CB Charles Tillman (groin, knee) is not practicing Wednesday.
Zach Zaidman on Twitter
ImpactTillman is day-to-day after leaving Week 3 with a groin injury. He should be fine for Sunday's game against the Lions.
Bears CB Tillman dealing with groin injury | 09/22/2013 11:35 PM
NewsBears CB Charles Tillman left Sunday night's game against the Steelers with a groin injury.
ImpactTillman suffered the injury in the fourth quarter and won't return for precautionary reasons. He's also been dealing with a knee issue and could miss practice time this week.
Charles Tillman (knee) held out on Wednesday | 09/18/2013 3:41 PM
NewsBears CB Charles Tillman (knee) did not practice Wednesday.
John Mullin on Twitter
ImpactIt's likely just a maintenance day, as Tillman played through the injury last week. He's not in any danger of missing Sunday night's game against the Steelers.
Charles Tillman limited with knee injury | 09/11/2013 3:34 PM
NewsCharles Tillman (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Brad Biggs on Twitter
ImpactTillman is day-to-day with a minor knee injury. He should be fine for Week 2 against the Vikings.
Charles Tillman played through illness | 09/09/2013 12:02 PM
NewsCharles Tillman was spotted vomiting multiple times on the sidelines Sunday before receiving an IV of fluid at halftime.
ImpactTillman gave up nine catches, 162 yards and two touchdowns to A.J. Green. Perhaps his illness is partially to blame. Tillman was ProFootballFocus' No. 3 overall corner last season and we'd expect a bounce-back performance against Greg Jennings and the Vikings in Week 2.
Tillman in line for an extension with Bears? | 01/26/2013 2:47 PM
NewsThe Bears may look to extend CB Charles Tillman's contract this offseason.
Brad Biggs on Twitter
ImpactTillman, 32 next month, has one year left on a seven-year contract and will count $8 million against the salary cap in 2013. Chicago could possibly lower that hit by extending Tillman, who is still at the top of his game. Beat writer Brad Biggs says Tillman could then transition to safety some day down the line. He's spent all ten seasons of his career with the Bears, picking off 33 passes.
Career Regular Season Statistics
2014 Game Highs
|Tackles||4||2 times-last:at SF||last:Week 2||9|
|Assists||0||2 times-last:at SF||last:Week 2||3|
|Sacks||0||2 times-last:at SF||last:Week 2||0|
|Sacks Yards||0||2 times-last:at SF||last:Week 2||0|
|Fumble Recoveries||0||2 times-last:at SF||last:Week 2||1|
|Defensive TD||0||2 times-last:at SF||last:Week 2||0|
|Interceptions||0||2 times-last:at SF||last:Week 2||1|
|Interceptions Yards||0||2 times-last:at SF||last:Week 2||36|
|Interceptions TD||0||2 times-last:at SF||last:Week 2||1|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Sacks||1.0||3 times-last: 2011 (Chi)|
|Fumble Recoveries||2||3 times-last: 2012 (Chi)|
|FR TD||1||2006 (Chi)|
|Interceptions||5||3 times-last: 2010 (Chi)|
|Interceptions Yards||172||2005 (Chi)|
|Interceptions TD||3||2012 (Chi)|