Panthers sign longtime Bears CB Tillman

Charlotte, NC ( – The Carolina Panthers signed longtime
Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman to a one-year contract on Thursday.

Tillman, 34, has played his entire 12-year NFL career for the Bears but
entered free agency after appearing in just 10 combined games over the past
two seasons because of injuries.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection has 856 tackles, 36 interceptions, three sacks
and 42 forced fumbles in 156 NFL games — all but four of them starts.

Tillman played under Panthers head coach Ron Rivera when Rivera was Chicago’s
defensive coordinator from 2004-06. In a statement, he called Rivera “one of
the main reasons” he wanted to sign with Carolina.