Charles Tillman: I will retire a member of Chicago Bears


Charles Tillman will test free agency, but the cornerback plans to end his career with the Chicago Bears.

"In a perfect world, I will finish as a Bear," Tillman told 670-AM's Laurence Holmes on Wednesday. "I guarantee you I will retire as a Chicago Bear. I guarantee that."

The soon-to-be 33 year old didn't clarify whether or not his comment means his next contract would be with the Bears. There always is a chance he could leave and then return to retire with Chicago.

Still, his "guarantee" is a good sign he wants to stay in Chicago -- where he established the "Cornerstone Foundation" after his daughter needed a heart transplant.

Tillman said he talks to the Bears' brass "everyday" and holds no ill will toward the organization.

"The Bears and I are in good spirits," he said. "There's no bad blood, there's nothing. We are in good spirits. There's no bad blood with myself or coach Trestman. Like, everything is good. We're are all on good terms."

Tillman made $8 million in 2013. The Bears can't afford an amount close to that number while they remake their defense.

There has been speculation that Tillman might flee to Tampa Bay where former Bears coach Lovie Smith now coaches the Buccaneers.

Money usually talks in the end, but Peanut's guarantee should quell some worries in Chicago for the time being.

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