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Let’s be honest, it’s going to be really hard to keep both Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings next season. Especially if they perform at the same level they did last year. Keeping both would be an insane luxury that the Bears might not be able to afford if they decided to bring back Cutler, Williams, or Melton, who are all free agents after the 2013 season.
That being said, realistically the Bears will retain one of their starting cornerbacks. Thus, I’m going to list the pros and cons of keeping either of them and leave you with the choice of re-signing one of them.
Pros- Jennings shows great recovery speed, solid coverage skills, and has improved his hands. One skill that Jennings has that is very underrated is his will to tackle just about anyone and believe it or not, he has had a very healthy career.
Cons- He can sometimes be a liability in man-to-man coverage and in goal line situations. One of the biggest knocks is Jennings’ height, being 5’8″, will always hurt his stock at the cornerback position. Jennings has a tendency to get burned easily and on December 24th, he will be thirty years old.
Pros- Tillman has great coverage skills in man or zone coverage and is one of the best in the NFL at forced fumbles and tackling. Tillman’s 6’2″ frame is great for covering large receivers, like Megatron and Fitzgerald, and for goal line situations. He is the best, if not perfect corner for a 4-3 defense.
Cons- Tillman doesn’t have elite speed to hang with some of the faster wide receivers in the league and he will be turning 33 after the 2013 season. Thus, it’s only a matter of time for Father Time catches up to him.
The choice I leave to you. Who should the Chicago Bears retain after the 2013 season, Tim Jennings or Charles Tillman?
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