“I just want to play for Carolina,” Tillman said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
“Being in Carolina felt like I had been there my entire career,” Tillman added. “The team, the community, the atmosphere, that vibe. The Carolinas — North Carolina and South Carolina — they showed a lot of love.
“That’s the only team I really want to play for,” Tillman continued. “It’s Carolina. It’s a great group of men. … A great group of coaches. The front-office guys are great. To me it was no surprise they were, or we were, 17-2.”
Last year, Tillman suffered a season-ending ACL tear towards the end of the season.
He’s still working his way back figures he’ll need “probably another two months” before he’s ready join a team at the end of training camp.
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.
In 2015, Tillman appeared in 12 games and recording 55 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, a recovery and seven pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 63 cornerback out of 111 qualifying players.