Is Tillman a good fit in Tampa Bay

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Logic says yes.

Chicago Bears cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman is set to become a free agent this offseason and Tampa Bay has him on their radar.

With deep ties to new first year head coach Lovie Smith from their time in Chicago, Tillman to Tampa almost seems imminent.

Tillman to the Bucs makes perfect sense because of the Lovie connection, and a DB trio of Revis/Tillman/Banks would be solid (and necessary given that Ryan, Newton and Brees all play quarterback in the NFC South).

Tillman also should come fairly cheap.

Tillman will be 33 later this month and isn’t going to command major cash because of his age. The acquiring of Tillman would give Tampa Bay nice depth in the secondary and really complement incumbent veteran Darrelle Revis and the youngster Johnthan Banks in what would be a really strong secondary.

While Banks was fully educated first hand on what rookie cornerback life in the NFL is really like, he has plenty of upside. The growing pains will go away and the second rounder in last year’s draft out of Mississippi State should be much improved.

The acquisition of Tillman could be the perfect bridge, as well as another veteran presence for Banks to learn from. If Tillman were added to the defense, the Buccaneers can focus their draft picks on other areas. Plus, pick ups like Tillman can have an immediate impact as Lovie Smith quickly looks to rebuild.

 

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