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Apr102015

Panthers Sign CB Charles Tillman

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE) -- The Carolina Panthers signed free-agent cornerback Charles Tillman to a one-year deal Thursday.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan, the deal is worth $3.05 million.

The 34-year-old Tillman played all 12 of his previous NFL seasons with the Chicago Bears.

Tillman is reunited with Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, who served as the Bears defensive coordinator from 2004-06.

"I think Coach Rivera was one of the main reasons why I wanted to be here," Tillman said. "He's a guy that I had a lot of respect for when I was in Chicago. I love his leadership and his qualities as a coach, and he's done a good job with the Panthers. There's a good group of guys here: Thomas Davis, Greg Olsen, Luke Kuechly, and Cam Newton. I got a good vibe here.

"This is a similar defense, and Steve Wilks and (defensive line coach) Eric Washington were also in Chicago, so there is familiarity."

Tillman has 42 forced fumbles, 36 interceptions, and eight defensive touchdowns throughout his career.


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