Free agent cornerback Charles Tillman only wants to return to the Carolina Panthers if he plays his 14th season.
Free agent cornerback Charles Tillman only wants to return to the Carolina Panthers if he plays his 14th season, according to the Times-Picayune.
Tillman, who is currently rehabbing from surgery to repair a torn ACL he suffered in Week 17 last season, played his first season in Carolina after spending his first 12 years with the Chicago Bears.
However, that one season with the Panthers made a big impact on Tillman.
“Being in Carolina felt like I had been there my entire career,” Tillman said. “The team, the community, the atmosphere, that vibe. The Carolinas—North Carolina and South Carolina—they showed a lot of love.”
Tillman made it clear that Carolina is the only franchise that he wants to play for.
“That’s the only team I really want to play for,” he said. “It’s Carolina. It’s a great group of men. ... A great group of coaches. The front-office guys are great. To me it was no surprise they were, or we were, 17-2.”
Tillman started 12 games for the Panthers last season, recording 36 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.