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Former Chicago Bears CB Charles "Peanut" Tillman signs with Carolina Panthers

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After twelve seasons in Chicago, Tillman is moving on to work with former coordinator turned head coach Ron Rivera.

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The Peanut Punch era in Chicago has ended:

Tillman, who has had his last two seasons shortened with arm injuries, has signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers.

TIllman was a standout leader of the Bears defense, partnering with other longtime defensive stalwarts Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs among others. During his time with the Bears he produced:

  • 42 forced fumbles
  • 134 pass defenses
  • 9 touchdowns (combined interceptions and fumble returns)
  • 36 interceptions
  • and 3 sacks, just for good measure.

It became apparent with the drafting of Kyle Fuller, and Tillman's inability to stay on the field in 2013 and 2014, that the team would soon be moving in a new direction. Tillman's ability to force turnovers is something that was practiced and preached by longtime head coach Lovie Smith, who many thought Tillman might reunite with in Tampa Bay for one last run.

Check out this highlight reel put together by "TheRafaPiffer" on youtube:

And, of course, the next generation of Chicago Bears say goodbye:

A great player, and by all accounts a better man, it will be a sad day for many Bears fans today. Best of luck, Peanut, and go get your punch on in the south.