Charles Tillman suffered a triceps injury in the Sunday Night Football matchup with the 49ers, which forced the Bears to place him on the injured reserve list, ending his 2014 campaign early. The injury is the same one that forced him to miss the second half of the 2013 season.
Tillman is among the best corners in the team’s history. However, at 34 years old there has been much speculation as to how much longer Tillman can play, writes Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times.
“I appreciate the kind words of encouragement and support from all the Bears fans who have reached out to me,” said Tillman. “I know this feeling way too well, but this isn’t the end of the road for me.”
Jahns notes that whether or not Tillman continues his career with the Bears next year, his presence has been felt. He is the franchise leader in defensive touchdowns, interceptions returned for touchdowns, and third in interceptions.
Tillman was playing 2014 out on a one-year deal, worth $3.25MM. He’ll earn a little less than that amount for the season, since a portion was tied up in per-game roster bonuses.
“As I rehab my injury, my role will transition to helping coach and support my teammates” said Tillman. “I will be at Halas Hall and do everything I can to help our team reach its goals.”