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Bears, Tillman agree on one-year contract

2014-03-14T18:00:00Z 2014-03-15T18:07:12Z Bears, Tillman agree on one-year contractThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 14, 2014 6:00 pm  • 

Charles Tillman said he wanted to retire as a Bear and the veteran cornerback may now get his wish.

On Friday, Chicago agreed to terms with the 33-year-old Tillman on a one-year contract. Terms were not disclosed.

“Charles is one of the NFL’s great players and a true leader on and off the field and we’re happy he will be staying in Chicago,” Bears General Manager Phil Emery said in a statement.

“He remains the best in our game at forcing turnovers and always has brought a tough, physical presence to our secondary. Charles also has a special connection to the people and community across Chicago and we’re excited for that to continue.”

The two-time Pro Bowler (2011 and 2012) and 2013 Walter Payton Man of the Year is third in team history with 36 interceptions and is the franchise leader in defensive return touchdowns (nine), interception return touchdowns (eight) and interception return yards (675).

Since joining the NFL in 2003, Tillman is tied for fifth in interceptions, fifth in interception return yards and tied for second in interception return touchdowns while starting 150 of 154 games played.

One of the best in the NFL at creating takeaways, Tillman’s 42 forced fumbles are second most in the league since he joined the Bears as a second round pick (35th overall) in 2003 and most among cornerbacks.

He is the only player during that time with 30-plus interceptions and 30-plus forced fumbles.

Tillman has ranked in the Top 10 in forced fumbles in six of the last nine seasons, including second in 2009 (six) and first in 2012 (10).

Tillman has added 944 tackles, fifth most in franchise history since the statistic was first officially recorded in 1971. His 132 pass break-ups are fifth in the NFL since 2003.

In eight games played during the 2013 season, Tillman had 52.5 tackles, three interceptions, four pass break-ups and three forced fumbles.

He is a two-time Brian Piccolo Award winner (2003 and 2008) and 2008 Ed Block Courage Award recipient.

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