If Charles Tillman is going to return from knee surgery to play a 14th NFL season, it will only happen in Charlotte.
Tillman emphasized Saturday that the Carolina Panthers boast a "unity and respect" among the players and coaches that made it a "special" team in 2015.
"That's the only team I really want to play for," Tillman said, via Christopher Dabe of The Times Picayune. "It's Carolina. It's a great group of men. ... A great group of coaches. The front-office guys are great. To me it was no surprise they were, or we were, 17-2."
If the Panthers do call on Tillman later this summer, he'll be happy to perform his NFL curtain call in Charlotte.
"Being in Carolina felt like I had been there my entire career," Tillman explained. "The team, the community, the atmosphere, that vibe. The Carolinas -- North Carolina and South Carolina -- they showed a lot of love."