Carolina Panthers sign Charles Tillman


The Carolina Panthers continued making offseason moves today, as they signed two-time Pro Bowl conerback Charles Tillman to a one-year deal.

Tillman had previously spend all 12 years of his pro career in Chicago, but has played just 10 games in the past two seasons due to a right triceps injury.

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His veteran presence could be just what the doctor ordered for a young Carolina secondary. Since being drafted in 2003 by the Bears, he’s racked over 950 tackles, 36 interceptions and 42 forced fumbles, some of the best numbers of any secondary player in that timespan.

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He also will be coming into familiarity, having playing under current Carolina head coach Ron Rivera when he was the defensive coordinator of the Bears.

“I think Coach Rivera was one of the main reasons why I wanted to be here,” Tillman said in a press release from the team.

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  • “This is a similar defense, and Steve Wilks and (defensive line coach) Eric Washington were also in Chicago, so there is familiarity.”

    Tillman also commended the job of current Panthers, and how the team has grown into a contender over the past few seasons.

    If he can stay healthy, this could turn into a possible career revival in Charlotte for the man called “Peanut.” He’s also been the recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in the past, an honor Carolina’s own Thomas Davis was awarded with last year.

    He’ll join other recent signings such as Kurt Coleman and Teddy Williams in the secondary as the Panthers look to improve in what many (including myself) thought was the team’s Achilles’ heel.