If the Bears are going to consider a move with Charles Tillman, the veteran's recovery from reconstructive surgery on his right shoulder last month could play a factor in the decision.
Tillman will be four weeks removed from surgery on Wednesday. The short window for a full recovery and return is expected to be four months. On the long side, it could be six months.
That means you can rule out the eight-year veteran for minicamp, which was moved up nearly three months this year by coach Lovie Smith. It begins in five weeks and will run from March 17-19. Either way, Tillman is expected to be ready to go in advance of training camp.
Whether or not the club will entertain the idea of a move is unknown. The Bears have to do something at free safety. Danieal Manning is another possibility. He seemed like he found a niche for himself in the second half of last season playing nickel. There is no way Tillman could be moved without some top help being added at cornerback. He's the team's best cover man as it is. Cornerback is considered a more valuable position than safety so this isn't a small decision. The Bears can't rob one position to help another and do so blindly.
As a veteran with keen knowledge of the system, Tillman could probably make the adjustment without any major hurdles. But he'd certainly miss some instructional time on the field with new defensive backs coach Jon Hoke as right now Tillman is the only known player who will not be cleared for full participation in minicamp. It's clear no move can be in the works until a plan is executed first in free agency or the draft.