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Charles Tillman says Panthers only team he really wants to play for

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 08: Charles Tillman #31 and Roman Harper #41 of the Carolina Panthers react after forcing a fumble by the Green Bay Packers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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Cornerback Charles Tillman joined the Panthers last April as a free agent, marking the first time that he was part of a team other than the Bears since entering the NFL in 2003.

Tillman wasn’t able to make it all the way to the Super Bowl with Carolina, however. He partially tore his ACL in the middle of the season and was able to return for the final three weeks of the regular season before suffering a complete tear in Week 17.

Tillman feels like he will need “another two months before I’m able to do a few more things” and hopes that the Panthers will remain his team when he is able to play again.

“Being in Carolina felt like I had been there my entire career,” Tillman said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “The team, the community, the atmosphere, that vibe. The Carolinas -- North Carolina and South Carolina -- they showed a lot of love. That’s the only team I really want to play for. It’s Carolina. It’s a great group of men. ... A great group of coaches. The front-office guys are great. To me it was no surprise they were, or we were, 17-2.”

The Panthers drafted three cornerbacks after parting ways with Josh Norman this offseason and the pace of their transition to the professional game will likely determine whether they will be looking for veteran help at some point in training camp. If they do, they now know that Tillman’s waiting for their call.