AFC East: Pisa Tonoisamoa

Source: Bills will host linebacker Tinoisamoa

May, 11, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills are bringing in linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa for an interview Wednesday, and a source familiar with the trip believes the tackling machine is particularly excited about the opportunity.

Tinoisamoa led the Rams in tackles four of his six seasons. He recorded 135 last year, with three sacks and two forced fumbles.

But the Rams cut their former defensive captain last week mainly because new head coach Steve Spagnuolo likes bigger linebackers. Tinoisamoa is listed at 6-foot-1, 240 pounds. But St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Jim Thomas noted Tomoisamoa played at 220 pounds last year. The Rams also drafted Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis.

Bills coach Dick Jauron doesn't mind smaller, quicker linebackers. Tinoisamoa played the weak-side slot in the Rams' 4-3 defense, and the Bills happen to have a need there.

Keith Ellison is Buffalo's returning starter, but the Bills could do better than the former sixth-round pick. Ellison would make a fine backup at a position the Bills have lacked depth.

A linebacking corps with Paul Posluszny between Tinoisamoa and strong-side linebacker Kawika Mitchell doesn't sound too shabby.

I'm thankful they wouldn't be a double-play combination I would have to enunciate -- or type out -- often.

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