Charles Tillman set to retire Friday as member of Bears
Charles Tillman is expected to sign a ceremonial one-day contract Friday and retire as a member of the Chicago Bears, the club confirmed.
Team chairman George McCaskey wants to give Tillman a proper send-off, but as of Thursday afternoon the Bears had yet to finalize the details of how they plan to honor Tillman, who spent 12 seasons in Chicago (2003-14).
Tillman announced his retirement Monday. He played for the Carolina Panthers last year, appearing in 12 games and recording two interceptions.
Drafted by the Bears in the second round in 2003, Tillman departed last offseason as the club's all-time leader in defensive touchdowns (nine), interception return touchdowns (eight) and interception return yards (675).
Tillman's 36 interceptions are third in team history, behind safeties Gary Fencik (38) and Richie Petitbon (37).
The two-time Pro Bowl cornerback also forced 42 fumbles for the Bears, including a career-high 10 in 2012. Tillman won the prestigious NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2013 for his community service activities and excellence on the field.
Along with ex-teammates Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs, Tillman helped form the nucleus of the Bears’ defense that led Chicago to three NFC North titles from 2005-10.