“Peanut” Tillman Is Coming To Visit

March 11th, 2014

ESPN and the Chicago Tribune are reporting that free agent superstar cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman, a longtime stud and Pro Bowler for Lovie Smith in Chicago, will bring his injured body to Tampa for a visit ASAP.

Tillman is 4 1/2 years older than Darrelle Revis, the all-world, healthy cornerback the Bucs don’t want anymore. And Tillman is recovering from a troubling knee and a torn triceps muscle.

As Joe wrote earlier, Tillman is damaged. Joe can’t hazard a guess at Tillman’s value to the Bucs without knowing what kind of cash he’s seeking.

57 Responses to ““Peanut” Tillman Is Coming To Visit”

  1. RastaMon Says:

    Hope he’ll work for peanuts…..on second thought….no thanks…

  2. Bucnnole Says:

    Great option for the impending Revis exit. Why the Peanut hate Joe? Guy knows the system, is an instant improvement over out current corners and adds vetern leadership. Ease up Joe, Bucs are making a huge and successful splash today.

    If you can identify any “hate” for Tillman, Joe would love to see it. –Joe

  3. Doc Says:

    Sign him quick, and pick up another free
    agent cornerback.

  4. bucrightoff Says:

    If he wants anything more than $5 million per, do not touch. Way too much risk

  5. INDYbucsfan Says:

    Ughhhh this would’ve made me happy if I knew we were keeping revis. 🙁

  6. PRBucFan Says:

    If the Bucs let Revis go and don’t bring in Verner or a top CB they are going to be in for a long season getting passed on.

    With as many need as we have I can’t see us now having to ignore them and pick up a CB in the first round…

  7. Snook Says:

    He’s not going to command top dollar.

    And other than last season, he’s been nothing but durable.

    Sign him.

    I welcome a CB who wants more than just money.

  8. buccanAy Says:

    we’ll try this again…the position Revis plays is about 7-9 on the value chart of this defense…you cannot afford to pay that position roughly 20% of your defensive CAP space. What part of this do you not understand?

  9. DWE Says:

    joe or anyone explain why we have until 4 pm wed to make a decision on revis? isn’t he under contract? is it that if we do not trade or release him by then we have to honor his contract? i don’t have his contract readily available and can’t remember the terms. lol

  10. buccanAy Says:

    if you have any math skills…you can kinda calculate what they value the CB position is…roughly 8-10% of your defensive allotment which is somewhere between 6-8 mil a year.

  11. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    If he’s healthy (big if), this is a good signing. He creates turnover probably better than any corner. But he’s old and coming off some bad injuries. Very scary.

  12. Mumbles Says:

    Joe, we know you by now. I don’t hear hate, but I do hear condescension. Pretty big word, but am I right?

  13. pick6 Says:

    vontae davis and sam shields, hardly in the conversation for elite CBs, each signed $10 mil\year deals. i’m guessing aqib talib gets a little more than that if his hammy checks out. and patrick peterson & richard sherman will get significantly more when the time comes. the market is moving towards a place where revis’ contract is less and less of an outlier, and replacing him might not be as cheap as the bucs first thought. also, i generally think it’s stupid to jettison an elite player before you have any idea how you will replace his contributions. we did not solve our problem of a PROVEN outside rusher, and we have nobody else on our roster i’d trust to defend the pass against drew brees & matt ryan

  14. BirdDoggers Says:

    I don’t see Tillman anything more than a stop gap. His age and injuries would suggest his best playing days are behind him. The Bucs need long term answers at the position. Too bad they don’t like the guy they already have in the fold.

  15. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Because he is due a roster bonus and the 3rd rnd pick is lost.

  16. sam Says:

    Joe for being a bucs fan, you sure do bag on everything they do. why the hate about every move? I haven’t read much of anything positive out off this website today. I personally think we’ve made some awesome moves today.

    What bag? You must not be reading clearly. –Joe

  17. jlynch Says:

    I thought he said at the Hall of Fame ceremony he wanted to retire a Chicago Bear

  18. Cmurda Says:

    Gotta wonder if Lovie meant that he would tailor his defense to utilize Revis’s strengths of Revis IF Revis agrees to a restructured contract. I believe this was the plan all along if he didn’t. Get a guy like Tillman and another veteran CB for Nickel duties.The Tampa 2 doesn’t emphasize Cornerbacks as much as other schemes and 16 million to Revis I guess was too much to invest in that position. I disagree strongly but only time will tell if it is the right move. Getting no value by releasing of Revis seems almost illegal. P.S. Anthony Collins is visiting Tampa per Rotoworld also. This one actually excites me much more than Peanut.

  19. pick6 Says:

    @DWE, there are 3 milestones, tomorrow $1.5 mil is guaranteed, later on another 1.5, and then finally the remaining 13 is guaranteed. if i were jason licht and i didn’t want revis, i’d still be willing to eat almost 20% of his cap figure in order to buy time to work out a trade. then again, i wouldn’t be intent on cutting him in the first place, so it’s hard for me to get inside the minds of those who think doing so critical to a successful 2014. presumably, if it weren’t about helping the current year’s roster, we could let him play out the year and build up his trade value to shop him against a higher salary cap next year.

  20. Evan Says:

    Kind of hard to trust anything lovie/licht said in the beginning when this rumor of revis being shipped out. Just doesn’t make sense. With all the moves they’re making why not keep him for one more year then make a transition? Too many pressing needs than to open another hole. For all the dramam happening in the NFC south, I feel like the whole division is laughing at us.

  21. Cmurda Says:


    The key word is retire. He didn’t say he would play his whole career with Chicago.

  22. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ DWE

    If we dont get rid of him by 4 p.m. wed, we will owe the jets our 3rd round pick. If we do get rid of him by that time, we only owe our 4th rounder.

  23. DWE Says:

    thanks Mr. Bonzai. love your handle

  24. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    pick6 Says
    ” i generally think it’s stupid to jettison an elite player before you have any idea how you will replace his contributions.”

    If Tillman is signed they will have.

  25. BirdDoggers Says:

    I agree. The Revis contract isn’t nearly as bad as everyone thinks. The team will be immediately worse if he’s traded or cut.

  26. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    sam Says
    “Joe for being a bucs fan, you sure do bag on everything they do. why the hate about every move? I haven’t read much of anything positive out off this website today. I personally think we’ve made some awesome moves today.”

    What awesome moves???

    Johnson is Clayborn, only slightly more experienced.

    Zuttah was fine at center. We now have 4 TEs. The one signed is not a blocker. McCoy is a year from retirement.

  27. Eric Says:

    Nobody could hate a guy nicknamed peanut.

  28. Buc1987 Says:

    “If the Bucs let Revis go”

    PRB…Revis is gone. It’s not an “if” anymore.

  29. BoJim Says:

    Man I really like Tillman but he’s getting older and is coming off an injury.

  30. Capt. Tim Says:

    Tillman? Old and injured.
    We tried counting on injured guys last year!!
    Failed badly.
    So why not do it again

  31. Patrick in VA Says:

    Keep in mind that Tedford went and studied how the patriots run their system last season. Perhaps he’s trying to recreate a less injury prone/incarcerated version of gronk/Hernandez with Myers and Wright

  32. PRBucFan Says:

    “Johnson is Clayborn,”

    Bullspit lol

    I’ll trust Lovie on his analysis of what a good pass rusher is.

    He said he was going after a sure answer, if this is what he believes is the best move, I’ll take it.

    One thing I will not question Lovie on is pass rush.

  33. sam Says:

    @Buccaneer Bonzai since when did clayborn have 61 quarterback pressures in 1 season? cuz that’s what Johnson had last year without geno atkins. check your facts before you compare players.

  34. sam Says:

    Thank you PRBucFan. exactly right

  35. PRBucFan Says:

    87 you misunderstood what I meant

    If they let him go as in release him, which I do not think will occur, I’m banking on a trade going through.

    And also, the statement is still legitimate because it hasn’t happened yet 😉

  36. Mark Says:

    This man could teach the back field how to strip balls away. I hope he signs.
    The coach said he had plans in place, so far I think the change will help. If Revis is gone and we can possible get a trade, that’s great. I liked Revis, he is a great player, but the pay scale was to high for what the Bucs are putting together.

    We went 4-12, how can the changes hurt. I know some feel might not like the changes, but we needed something different. I expect more changes to come.

  37. michael Says:

    I am sick to my stomach if the Bucs are to release Revis! He is the best defensive player in the NFL!

  38. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Okay, Clayborn is 3 years into the league. Compare those years with Johnson’s first 3.

    Clayborn comes out ahead by a sack…and he missed 13 games. If he had played those games? Think about it.

    Doesn’t matter…both will be on the field at the same time. We’ll see who is better.

  39. Buc1987 Says:

    Bucnnole says:

    “Why the Peanut hate Joe?”

    Sam says :

    “Joe for being a bucs fan, you sure do bag on everything they do.”

    It’s really not all that complicated if people ever listened to the Joe’s show on 620. After you hang around the Little Puppy for awhile you start to trash any move that is made by the Bucs. It’s the Little Puppy way.

  40. PRBucFan Says:

    If they will both be on the field at the same time why does it matter?

    Again Lovie knows what he’s doing 😉

  41. Buc1987 Says:

    The Bucs could make it to the playoffs and the Little Puppy would say something like. Yeah well, you know they should have gotten a first round bye and there is no excuse for that and what’s the deal with them not getting that first round bye.

  42. PRBucFan Says:

    Well he also thought Free Free was our franchise QB 😉 lol

  43. Buc1987 Says:

    PRB…I’m just helping Revis departure to set in. Just so people get it, understand and let it sink in.


  44. Patrick in VA Says:

    @87 – I started to notice that as well. I don’t care to listen to people with a perpetually pessimistic outlook. It’s bad enough to follow a bad team, I don’t need to listen to people preaching doom and gloom all the time about it. I switched over to booger & rich and it’s a more enjoyable listen. Booger gives good insight and is upbeat, even when he disagrees with the move

  45. Buc1987 Says:

    Well maybe not understand….

  46. buccanAy Says:

    I’m not happy we’re letting Revis go, but I do understand the reasoning. Was a great read a few days ago on BucsNat, regarding dominik goin “all in” with Revis deal. I thought we played the whole thing horribly and the whole deal screamed of desperation by Dominik/shiano. I really believe new “regime” is taking a much more realistic approach. We have ZERO depth at almost every position except RB, IMO the least valuable position, or the easiest to replace. We have to build from the inside out, on both sides of the ball. IMO, Dom was goin about backwards, by bringing in Revis and Goldson, while totally neglecting DL, and Oline. Dominik did some good things, but the bad totally outweighs the good. He was in over his head, IMO, without much help.

  47. buccanAy Says:

    Especially when we have the 2 most important positions in this D filled by absolute studs in McCoy and David who are still on rookie contracts, and are gonna command a good chunk of defensive CAP.

  48. SAMCRO Says:

    Joe says,

    “will bring his injured body to Tampa”

    …is he injured? I read where he said he’s on the mend and was close to 100%

    then Joe says,

    “Darrelle Revis, the all-world, healthy cornerback the Bucs don’t want anymore”

    Joe have one of those umbrella drinks on me, you’re having a mid-life crisis. you did vote for Reagan, right?

  49. Arealbucsfan Says:

    If we release Revis we need to pounce on Verner ASAP

  50. Daffy Buc Says:

    Peanut will be good vet leadership. Probably only signs two year deal. Revis is not elite. Got burned by scrub receivers. He looked old and slow against panthers and saints. We can sign 5 quality guys for 16 million. Shine the love light on peanut, Collins and McCown!!

  51. Jerry Says:

    Didnt Gruden get a lot of heat for signing old vets from his former team?

    Lovie is doing the same thing.

  52. Eric Says:

    The guy forced ten fumbles(nfl record)and had three pick 6’s as recently as 2012.

    Torn bicep last year.

    The Revis knee is a far more serious injury. Not a long term solution but neither was Revis. Plus Peanut knows Lovie’s defense inside out.

    Lovie knows what he is doing. He knows the DLine is the key and is addressing it fervently.

    Get Peppers too. The heck with Revis, I never thought his heart was in it. What big play did he make all year to turn a game around?

  53. Brandon Says:


    They haven’t signed an old vet yet… and there’s nothing wrong with it to fill a hole for a short time, as opposed to Gruden, who would go all in with his free agents because he had absolutely no success at drafting.

  54. PRBucFan Says:

    If we indeed release Revis and get no compensation there is no understanding such a poor job of management lol.

    Better to let him show the NFL how he can play at 100% and get max value out of him in a trade next offseason than get 0 for him.

    Doesn’t seen like anyone else can bring in will need much cap space lol

  55. Eric Says:

    The idiotic firing of Gruden is what has us in our present circumstance.

    Lovie will fix it.

    Bring in the peanut. He can play corner as well as Revis did last year or will this year, wherever he plays. And he will get more turnovers, which is what Lovie desires.

  56. PRBucFan Says:

    “He can play corner as well as Revis did last year or will this year, wherever he plays.”

    That is an absolute ridiculous statement ahahahaha

  57. clafollett Says:

    Breaking news: Alterraun Verner just got signed to the Bucs….

    Bye Bye Revis