Tillman signed a one-day contract with the Bears on Friday to retire as a member of the team. However, it’s surprising that Chandler has retired, considering that he just signed with Chicago in June.
Tillman, 35, is a former second-round pick of the Bears back in 2003. He spent 12 years in Chicago before signing a one-year, $1.75 million contract that included $350,000 guaranteed with the Panthers back in April of last year.
Last year, Tillman suffered a season-ending ACL tear towards the end of the season.
Over the course of his 13 years in the NFL, Tillman recorded 773 tackles, 38 interceptions, 44 forced fumbles, 12 fumble recoveries, three sacks and 141 pass defenses to go along with nine defensive touchdowns. He was a two-time Pro Bowler and made the All-Pro first team in 2012.
Chandler, 26, signed on with the Panthers as an undrafted free agent out of UCLA back in 2012. He wound up signing a three-year extension with the Panthers back in 2014, but was unfortunately released by Carolina in a move that freed up $1.3 million in available cap space.
The Bears signed Chandler to a contract back in June.
Last year, Chandler wound up missing the entire 2015 season due to a knee injury that led to him being placed on season-ending injured reserve.