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Charles Tillman Signs For An Another Six With the Bears

Off the heels of fellow cornerback Nathan Vashar signing on to stay with the Bears for 5 years, Charles Tillman agrees in terms to a six-year deal.

"I'm glad to remain in Chicago," Tillman said during a teleconference. "I like playing for coach [Lovie] Smith. I like my teammates. I love the organization and I like the city, so it feels good."

Tillman, who was due to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2007 campaign, is the fourth Bears starter since last summer to agree to a long-term deal before reaching the open market. He follows center Olin Kreutz, linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer and Vasher, who signed a five-year contract June 25.

The Bears surprised many by deciding to sign both of their starting cornerbacks, especially with a their nickel corner, Ricky Manning Jr, having a expensive contract.  The Cover-2 does not typically covet the cornerback, as evidenced by the Colts never throwing a lot of money at that position.  

The Bears actually ran about 40 percent man coverage in the second half of the season, so they value stronger and faster corners.

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