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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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Bears Maul Lions 13-7 In Monday Night Clash

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Bears scratched and clawed their way to a 13-7 victory over the Detroit Lions on Monday night, improving to 5-1 on the season.

Quarterback Jay Cutler bruised his ribs in the second quarter after suffering a crushing hit by Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.  He returned in the second half and was able to finish the game with 150 passing yards and no turnovers.

"He's a tough guy," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "Most people thought Jay would get up. Unless it's a broken leg or something like that, he's going to get up. He is a tough guy...That was a gutsy effort by him. He was in some pain, but he fought through it."

He connected with wide receiver Brandon Marshall on a seven-yard touchdown on the the team's first drive of the game.

It was the Bears defense that came up huge in the win, causing four Lions turnovers including three red zone fumbles.

Cornerback Charles Tillman was instrumental in holding All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson to just three catches for 34 yards.

Matthew Stafford struggled, throwing for 261 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the Lions. (2-4)

The Lions lost wide receiver Nate Burleson for the season after he broke his right leg in the game.

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Bears Pick Off Romo, Cowboys

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- The Chicago Bears have answered plenty of questions about their offense this season. On Monday Night, they let their defense do the talking.

The Bears picked off Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo five times and cruised to a 34-18 victory on Monday Night Football.

Chicago (3-1) returned two of the picks for touchdowns and got two touchdown passes from quarterback Jay Cutler in the easy victory. 

Romo finished 31 of 43 for 307 yards and a touchdown to go along with the five interceptions for Dallas (2-2), which tied a career high. 

After a scoreless first quarter, the bears got on the board with a Robbie Gould field goal before cornerback Charles Tillman picked off Romo and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown and a 10-0 lead. The Bears would lead the rest of the way. 

Cutler finished 18 of 24 for 275 yards and touchdown passes to Devin Hester and Brandon Marshall. Matt Forte rushed for 52 yards in a return from a high ankle sprain. 

The Bears play the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road next week.

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Birk, Rivers, and Tillman Named Walter Payton Man of the Year Finalists

National Football League(NEW YORK) -- The Walter Payton Man of the Year Award is regarded as one of the biggest honors an NFL player can achieve in his career, and it has little to do with their on the field production. The award recognizes a players accomplishments in the community as well as their performance on the football field. The finalists for the award have been named: San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk, and Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman.

Birk's "Ready, Set, Read!" program advocates children in the Baltimore area to read at home. He is also a big supporter for research into the effects of concussions, including pledging his brain and spinal cord tissue to Boston University's Center for Traumatic Encephalopathy.

Rivers as well as his wife have founded The Rivers of Hope foundation. His program helps abandoned and orphaned children find homes. Rivers has pledged to donate all of his earning off the field towards his foundation.

Tillman founded the Charles Tillman Cornerstone, which tries to improve the well being of critically and chronically ill children.

The winner of the award will be annoucned the night before the Super Bowl. 

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