Tinoisamoa re-signs with Bears

A move that has been anticipated for some time came together this afternoon when the Chicago Bears re-signed Pisa Tinoisamoa to a one-year contract.

The veteran linebacker won the starting job on the strong side last season but appeared in only two games. He injured his knee on the first defensive series of the season in the opener at Green Bay. When he returned the following month at Atlanta, he re-injured the knee and required season-ending surgery. The injury isn’t considered serious and he is ready to go.

Tinoisamoa looked like he might be the Bears’ best linebacker at times during preseason last year. He had experience in the Tampa Two scheme from playing for Lovie Smith previously in St. Louis. He signed a $1.5 million, one-year contract with the Bears after being released by the Rams, hoping it would be a “prove-it” deal where he could then get a better contract in free agency. But the injured knee prevented him from doing that. Now, he’ll take another chance at it.

The Bears are expected to have Tinoisamoa compete with Nick Roach for the starting job. The team has a handful of linebackers now with Hunter Hillenmeyer and Jamar Williams projected for backup roles with middle linebacker Brian Urlacher also returning this season.

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