Bears Re-Sign Charles Tillman

Chicago retained Charles Tillman and there's talk he could move to safety. How does this all affect Tillman's fantasy value?

| 3 years ago

Bears Re-Sign Charles Tillman

tillman_tribChicago re-signed veteran CB Charles Tillman to a one-year deal worth reportedly just under $3.5 million. The long-time Bear returns for his 12th season with the team.

A prototype Tampa-2 corner, Tillman has posted at least 75 total tackles in 9-of-11 seasons as a pro. He’s also forced a whopping 42 fumbles, picked off 36 balls, and scored eight times in his career.

Last season was a rough one for Tillman. He battle injuries, leading to ineffective play over the first half of the season, and he ultimately landed on injured reserved with a torn triceps.

Tillman tested the open market, but there was little interest in his services outside of a visit with his former head coach Lovie Smith in Tampa.

The talk leading up to free agency was whether the 33-year-old would be willing to shift to safety. This seems a logical transition for Tillman given his skillset and ability to make big plays.

While Tillman was once an elite-level fantasy option, it’s unlikely he’ll retain that sort of IDP value in 2014. Still, his high tackle floor and big-play upside make him a viable fantasy commodity. Whether he shifts to safety or not, a healthy Tillman in an every-down role deserves consideration as a DB2.


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Jeff Ratcliffe is the Assistant Managing Editor and resident IDP maven of PFF Fantasy. 

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Jeff Ratcliffe is the Director of Fantasy at Pro Football Focus. He produces all of our projections and is 2016's second-most-accurate ranker in the fantasy industry. Jeff also is the host of our show on SiriusXM fantasy sports radio and is one of the main hosts of our Fantasy Slant podcast.

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