Chicago Bears' Charles Tillman will test free agency

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    Seems silly to me. Charles Woodson was 10 times the corner Tillman was and he moved positions. It's the same with Jeter never agreeing to move to 3rd....Ripken did it, and he's a legend...why can't you? Just bothers me.
     
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    I thought the first move was have your agent push a 2 year 11 million dollar contract at Emery. :)

    The Bears have some big needs in the secondary. Tillman is going to go talk to Lovie in Tampa.
     
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    This is unfortunate. I understand business is business, but this year when the defense was in the toilet, I felt Tillman played with the most heart. I hope he stays, but if he goes I think I can get over it.
     
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    Like Jennings and Cutler and Slauson?

    If they would have kept him, he'd be signed by now by the Bears. Like Jennings, he would have gotten a contract at the same time.
     
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    They are also younger and dont need as much bargaining power to get a deal he wants
     
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    Not necessarily. I didn't spell it out, but Peanut's cap hit for 2013 was 8 million, all in base salary, so if they were going to do the "market value" extension, they would have done it before last season and given him a signing bonus, etc. and lowered the cap number for last year. That is why it would have happened 9 months ago. Not that it couldn't be done a month ago. There was no motivation to do it (on Tillman's part) after the season because now he gets to see how big the market could be (a good gamble now that Lovie is in Tampa), no matter what Chicago brought to the table (which, given the current cap room & 28 free agents, wouldn't have been as much as "market"). Who really knows whether he has had negotiations/talks with the front office, given those two factoids?

    You simply must understand the cap and market implications before you make assumptions about what is/was possible.
     
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    yeah, they could have restructured and extended him while doing this, they could do the same with Marshall if it wasn't for his relativly low Cap Hit without the guarantees.

    Still say if he would stay it would have been done already
     
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    said last year that the team was going to purge the Lovie players, and it will continue w/Tillman. Why they cannot do it all at once, or at all(Briggs still in contract) Jennings re signs(needed at least 1 cb on the roster) but looking at it, they probably are not bringing back Melton and Peppers is probably cut, no way they bring back Wrong and Steltz so while it will take 3 years(Briggs won't be back next year) there is an almost complete overhaul on D of Lovie guys.
     
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    that should have happened with Lovie too. They are too old and broken to continue. Lovie wouldn't have done it, but he should have.

    Cutting Peppers is a business move unless he plays for free here and we can have him for the Cap Hit we will have him regardless. Jennings is young and good enough to be kept, no brainer.

    Wright is just bad, Steltz could get kept. At least he is a solid and cheap depth saftey that's good on the STs. He is easily replaceable if Emery wants to move on.

    Briggs is still a solid player that will help us and he still is signed. Not sure if he'll get a new contract. He won't because of Emerys drafting (Greene, Bostic, McClellin). Those are the LBs he's taken in only 2 drafts. This year could see us grabbing another LB.

    Melton seems to have some problems away from the field and isn't as motivated as you want a player in his position. I'd say move on, keep Ratliff and draft a DT. Would only need another depth option with those 2 + Paea
     
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    We lost our LB corp last year with Urlacher, Roach and Hayes gone. And then the Briggs injury.

    You may have noticed the DL riding into the sunset also.

    Peanut and Jennings are all we have left at CB. Those are the facts.

    Now what do we do ? Resign Peanut or go apeshit in the draft at CB when safety is the most pressing issue in the secondary?
     
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