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CB Charles Tillman, Bears agree to one-year deal

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Charles Tillman returns to Chicago on a one-year deal. (USATSI)
Charles Tillman returns to Chicago on a one-year deal. (USATSI)

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Although he's spent all 11 seasons of his NFL career in Chicago, it appeared there was a pretty good chance Tillman would leave via free agency this offseason. But on Friday, the Bears announced they had signed Tillman to a one-year deal.

According to ESPN.com's Adam Caplan, the contract is worth slightly less than $3.5 million.

Tillman is sixth on the NFL's active career list with 36 interceptions, and in 2011 and 2012, he combined to return five of those picks for touchdowns. His 42 forced fumbles since he joined the league in 2003 is the second-most during that time span.

“Charles is one of the NFL's great players and a true leader on and off the field and we're happy he will be staying in Chicago,” Bears general manager Phil Emery said in a statement. “He remains the best in our game at forcing turnovers and always has brought a tough, physical presence to our secondary. Charles also has a special connection to the people and community across Chicago and we're excited for that to continue.”

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