Thursday, January 28, 2010
Will Tinoisamoa really be back next season?
By JEFF DICKERSON
CHICAGO -- Despite Pisa Tinoisamoa starting just two games last year because of injuries, the Chicago Bearsextended an offer to the veteran linebacker near the end of the regular season, according to an NFL source. That gesture clearly indicates the Bears' desire to see Tinoisamoa return, but it might be a little premature to assume Tinoisamoa will bypass the opportunity to test free agency.
NFL free agency begins March 5, but the Bears can negotiate right now with any of their unrestricted free agents such as Tinoisamoa or defensive end Adewale Ogunleye.
There is no question Tinoisamoa favors the Bears and wants play for Lovie Smith in 2010, but there is also a business aspect to this whole equation. Can he get more money from another team? Can he get more money from the Bears if he waits until free agency?
My prediction: Tinoisamoa ends up signing a one-year deal with the Bears. But crazier things have happened, especially during this Bears offseason. Very few things are set in stone in the NFL.
A league source confirms former Bears' tight ends coach Rob Boras has accepted the same position with the Jacksonville Jaguars. No surprise a talented coach like Boras was able to land on his feet.
The Boras news was first reported by the Chicago Tribune.