Biggs: Tinoisamoa expected to return with Bears

MOBILE, Ala.--Nothing is official at this point, but the Chicago Bears are expected to bring back veteran linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa, who is slated to be an unrestricted free agent.

Tinoisamoa, a surprise cut by the St. Louis Rams last spring, landed with the Bears and quickly earned the starting position on the strong side. But a right knee injury suffered on the first series of the season opener at Green Bay sidelined him and when he returned the next month at Atlanta he re-injured himself, leading to surgery and a spot on the injured reserve.

The belief is that Tinoisamoa, 28, will return at full strength. The Bears were plagued by injuries at the position last season, losing middle linebacker Brian Urlacher for virtually the entire season. The team used six different starting lineups at linebacker.

Tinoisamoa was a good fit in the defense he starred in earlier in his career in St. Louis, and meshed well with the coaching staff and his new teammates. He signed a $1.5 million, one-year contract last year. What terms he will receive this time around are unknown, but he’s viewed as a valuable commodity by the team.

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