4:01pm: Tillman’s one-year pact with the Bears is worth a little less than $3.5MM, tweets Adam Caplan of ESPN.com.
3:47pm: The Bears have agreed to terms on a new contract with free agent cornerback Charles Tillman, bringing back the veteran to Chicago for the 2014 season, the team announced today (via Twitter). The one-year deal was first reported by Sean Jensen of Thrive Sports (via Twitter).
Tillman, 33, has been with the Bears since he was selected by the team in the second round of the 2003 draft, and has long been a disruptive force in the team’s secondary. Tillman has grabbed at least three interceptions and forced at least three fumbles in eight of his last nine seasons, and is a year removed from forcing an incredible 10 fumbles in 2012.
Facing unrestricted free agency this offseason, Tillman visited with the Bucs and old Chicago head coach Lovie Smith before agreeing to re-sign with the Bears. GM Phil Emery had just indicated to reporters yesterday that the door was still open for Tillman to return to Chicago.