(CBS) Cornerback Charles Tillman has re-signed with the Bears on a one-year deal, the team announced Friday afternoon.
The contract is worth just less than $3.5 million, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan.
“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.”
A fan favorite and leader in the locker room, Tillman has been a centerpiece of the Chicago defense for 11 years, and after not finding greener pastures on the free agent market, he decided to return home. He had three interceptions and seven passes defended in eight games in an injury-plagued 2013 season. He’ll be in line to start opposite of cornerback Tim Jennings.
Click here for a full breakdown on what Tillman’s return to Chicago means for the Bears, courtesy of CBS Chicago’s Adam Hoge.
In his career, Tillman has 36 interceptions and 40 forced fumbles and is a two-time Pro Bowler. He’s considered by many to be the greatest cornerback in franchise history.
Tillman also had mutual interest with the Bucs, where a reunion with former Bears coach Lovie Smith would’ve awaited. But Tampa Bay chose to go another route, and Tillman had long professed his love of playing in Chicago, saying if finances worked out, he’d want to return. The sides sealed the deal Friday.