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Charles “Peanut” Tillman was slated to become an unrestricted free agent after this season. Not anymore. The Chicago Bears inked Tillman to a six year extension worth $38 million to solidify their secondary for at least 4 more years.

“I’m glad to remain in Chicago,” Tillman said during a teleconference. “I like playing for coach [Lovie] Smith. I like my teammates. I love the organization and I like the city, so it feels good.”

Tillman was chosen in the second round of the 2003 draft out of Louisiana-Lafayette and has started 49 games over the last four seasons. He ranks second on the team with 14 career picks and has the size to challenge the NFC North’s bigger receivers. Probably his biggest highlight reel play came when he wrestled the ball away from Randy Moss in the endzone back in 2004, a play the kept the Vikings out of the playoffs.

Nathan “The Interceptor” Vasher was locked up two weeks ago when he signed a 5-year, $28 million dollar extension. Now that the Bears have those two locked up, look for the next barrage of extensions to include Tommie Harris, Bernard Berrian, and Rex Grossman(depending on his play this year).

In other Bears news, Lance Briggs is expected to sign the one year Franchise Tag tender and report to Bourbonnais in time for training camp.

This off-season has been a 3-ring circus that is finally coming full circle. Look for the Bears to put their offseason problems behind them and get to work….and probably another Superbowl birth!

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