Tillman's nine tackles trailed only starting linebackers Thomas Davis (pectoral) and A.J. Klein for the Panthers' team lead Sunday. On the back of that outing, Tillman has now totaled 17 tackles (12 solo) and one pass defense through his first three games in Carolina.
Tillman spent his previous 12 NFL seasons with the Bears. He was selected by Chicago in the second round of the 2003 draft. Throughout his career, Tillman has totaled 856 tackles and 36 interceptions.
Tillman tore his triceps during the 2014 season and ended his season on injured reserve. Earlier this offseason, Tillman, 34, said he's hopeful his NFL career will be able to continue.
Briggs has spent his entire 12-year NFL career with the Bears. He has been to seven Pro Bowls and made the All-Pro team in 2005.
Tillman has also spent his entire 12-year career with Chicago. He has made two Pro Bowls and made the All-Pro team in 2012.
"I love the game. I'm not going to stop 'til I'm dead," Tillman said. "I just want to keep going. I'm feeling good. I just have unfinished business. I want a championship. I think that's my main reason (to keep playing): I'm hungry for a championship."
The soon-to-be 34-year-old has been injured in each of the past two seasons, leading to speculation that he might hang up his cleats. Tillman, however, took a positive view of his recent injuries. "The positive is I haven't had that much wear tear on my body in those two years. I've had time to heal up really good," he said.
Tillman is expected to be 100 percent healthy by the time free agency opens in March. He estimated himself at about 80 percent right now. Tillman has had brief interactions with the Bears new brain trust, but said he's open to signing with any team.
"Arguably, the best receiver in the game today, in my opinion," Tillman said. "I go against him twice (a season), we match up well. And, yeah, you have to bring your big boy pants when you're going against Calvin Johnson."
Tillman also criticized those that think Johnson has fallen off as the league's best wideout.
"They're a bunch of dummies," he said. "Trust me."
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