“In a perfect world, I will finish as a Bear,” Tillman said on Wednesday. “I guarantee you I will retire as a Chicago Bear. I guarantee that.”
There was recent speculation that the Bears could allow Tillman to depart during free agency, and the Buccaneers were tossed out as a potential suitor based on the fact that they’ve hired his former HC Lovie Smith.
According to Tillman, there is no animosity between him and the Bears as they prepare for the offseason.
“The Bears and I are in good spirits,” Tillman said. “There’s no bad blood, there’s nothing. We are in good spirits. There’s no bad blood with myself or Coach Trestman. Like, everything is good. We’re are all on good terms.”
Tillman, 32, is just one year removed from a sensational season in which he produced 85 tackles, three interceptions — all of which were returned for touchdowns — and a staggering 10 forced fumbles for the Bears defense. However, Tillman dealt with a number of injuries during the 2013 season, which relegated him to playing in just eight games.
We have Tillman currently listed as the No. 77 player in our Top 100 Free Agents list.