Embracing The Damaged “Peanut”March 11th, 2014
Don’t worry about the Bucs secondary. It sure looks like the Bucs will replace healthy Pro Bowler Darrelle Revis with another superstar who is 4 1/2 years older and coming off a knee injury and a torn triceps.
There’s plenty of buzz across the Internet and sports radio that claims free agent Bears great cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman is nearly signed, sealed and delivered to the Bucs, a mere formality that Tillman will replace Revis when the Bucs trade or cut him.
Now Joe can’t speak directly to what’s happening with Tillman, but clearly Tillman is a trusted favorite of Lovie Smith. eye-RAH! Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune penned a feature about that last weekend.
The Chicago Sun-Times talked to Tillman about his health recently.
Tillman rehabs while he waits. The nagging injury to his right knee that hindered him last season is fine, he said. But his torn right triceps, which he said required surgery at the end of November, still needs time.
‘‘It’s just something I’ve got to wait and see what my doctor says and when he clears me,’’ Tillman said. ‘‘But I don’t think it will be too much longer, though. Rehab is going pretty good.’’
Either way, Tillman figures to be a hot topic when the negotiating window opens Saturday. Tillman’s age — he turned 33 in February — and injuries will be concerns, but he still has considerable value in the pass-happy NFL.
Tillman was playing at an All-Pro level before his knee started to slow him down and his torn triceps, which he suffered Nov. 10 against the Detroit Lions, landed him on injured reserve.
There’s more to the story. Click the link above. Tillman actually seems to take a one-season-at-a-time approach to retirement.
Joe’s not anti-Tillman in any way. Obviously, how much money he commands will be a key component. After all, the Revis situation is all about money, as well.