The ‘‘Peanut Punch’’ will carry on. It’s just a matter of which team will benefit from it that remains a question. In that regard, Charles Tillman — arguably the best cornerback in Bears history — says, ‘‘I feel good,’’ when asked about free agency, which officially opens Tuesday. ‘‘We’ll just kind of see what happens,’’ Tillman said in a phone interview Wednesday. ‘‘I’ll end up where I’m supposed to be, whether it’s Chicago or whatever team. If I hit the market, I hit the market. If I don’t, then I’m here.’’ Tillman has been very good ‘‘here’’ since arriving in 2003. And he’s the most distinguished of the Bears’ pending free agents. ‘‘I don’t know if ‘excited’ is the word,’’ Tillman said of free agency. ‘‘I’m just waiting to see what happens.’’ Tillman rehabs while he waits. The nagging injury to his right knee that hindered him last season is fine, he said. But his torn right triceps, which he said required surgery at the end of November, still needs time. ‘‘It’s just something I’ve got to wait and see what my doctor says and when he clears me,’’ Tillman said. ‘‘But I don’t think it will be too much longer, though. Rehab is going pretty good.’’ Either way, Tillman figures to be a hot topic when the negotiating window opens Saturday. Tillman’s age — he turned 33 in February — and injuries will be concerns, but he still has considerable value in the pass-happy NFL. Tillman was playing at an All-Pro level before his knee started to slow him down and his torn triceps, which he suffered Nov. 10 against the Detroit Lions, landed him on injured reserve.
Charles Tillman not stressing about free agency
Chicago Sun-Times | Mar 6