NFL Free Agency: Would Charles Tillman join Lovie Smith down in Tampa Bay?By David Miniel - Jan 10th, 2014 at 4:02 pmNov 17, 2013; ChicagoChicago Bears injured cornerback Charles Tillman (right) talks with injured outside linebacker Lance Briggs (left) before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field.Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY SportsThe Chicago Bears are still trying to figure out what they want to do with veteran corner Charles ‘Peanut’ Tillman. They need to consider bringing him back after everything he’s done with the team, but that may not happen due to the injuries he’s sustained over the last couple years.Tillman had an injury plagued season this year with the Chicago Bears and was sidelined because of a severe one. A year ago Tillman was punching the ball out of the grasp of defenders at record pace and helped this team tie the Interceptions returned for touchdowns record.Now that he could be looking for a new home, what are the chances he joins former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith in Tampa Bay? I think it’s something that will be considered more than anything. I think retirement could be a serious option as well considering his age, but knowing Peanut he’s going to want to play at least two more years.If Tillman were to join Lovie and Leslie in Tampa Bay, that would be a huge improvement to their secondary. Having Tillman, the punch out machine with Revis would do wonders for him in the long haul. Or anybody defensive back on that roster. I just hope he doesn’t get MRSA.Seriously, there’s something going on in Tampa Bay.Players on Chicago’s roster were a bit taken by surprise when Lovie Smith was released by the Chicago Bears. Devin Hester even contemplated retirement after hearing about the decision that was made regarding Smith’s job. Lovie is a great coach and had a strong bond with a lot of players on that roster.I’m not gonna lie, I still miss seeing that man on the sidelines.What do you think Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans? Would you like to see Lovie Smith attract some of his former Bears players to Tampa? They have Devin Hester, Henry Melton and Charles Tillman available right now.http://fansided.com/2014/01/10/nfl-free-agency-charles-tillman-join-lovie-smith-tampa-bay/?utm_source=FanSided&utm_medium=Network&utm_campaign=Around%20the%20Network
Tillman for sure but no to Hester. If you guys are looking for a dynamic return man, check out Dri Archer on Kent State. He could be had for something like a sixth and he has insane game breaking ability.
He might be done. He will be 33 next month, and is coming off a year plagued by injuries. A lot of football players don’t gradually decline. They fall off a cliff. If we sign Peanut it has to be on the cheap and it has to be a smart contract so we don’t get left with our **CENSORED** in our hand. Put it this way, his last contract averaged $6.1M per year which made him the 15th highest paid CB. I'd like him to be a Buc for the next few years, but not at that price. Looking at he top 50 average salaries of CBs, I'd say his next contract should average about $4.5M. That would keep him in the top 30 highest paid CBs, but just barely.....and at this point in his career he has to except that. Otherwise I would definitely pass. If I'm spending more than $5M on a CB in free agency, I'm getting a young stud like Verner or Shields.Even if I'm going with an older guy, I might look at Brandon Browner over Tillman. I know there is a connection there, but let's not overplay that. Gruden tried to bring all his old washed up old Raiders with him to Tampa and that did not go well. I'm just not so sure guys like Tillman and Hester are the right move.There are also some really good CBs in the draft. Justin Gilbert might end up being the BPA when we pick in the 1st round. Are we so comfortable with Banks that we pass on the best CB in the draft if he is also the best player available? Plus, Gilbert is an amazing returner. The kid is special and reminds me of a slightly less ripped Patrick Peterson. I think he has to be an option. Darqueze Dennard is pretty damn good too. If we did take one of those guys, a free agent CB like TIllman probably wouldn't even make sense.
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