Black and Blue all over: The Bears and Tinoisamoa

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Chicago (and Detroit) lost out Tuesday on free-agent cornerback Rod Hood, but the Bears still have hopes of signing linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa amid his continued visits around the NFL.

New England hosted Tinoisamoa on a visit Tuesday, as Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune points out. The Bears have seemed a favorite for Tinoisamoa because of his history with coach Lovie Smith and defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Bob Babich. But it's clear he plans to shop for the best offer before making his decision.

With the Bears, Tinoisamoa would assume an outside linebacker position opposite Lance Briggs. With the Patriots, he might project as an inside linebacker in the 3-4 defense. Stay tuned.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • The Bears traditionally are aggressive in signing their rookie class and this year hope to have everyone under contract by mid-June, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times.

  • Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago suggests the Bears should pursue free-agent receiver Matt Jones.

  • In a chat on PackersNews.com, Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette projects rookie T.J. Lang as the Packers' starting right tackle.

  • Minnesota defensive tackle Pat Williams has a history of tongue-in-cheek quotes, so it's difficult to interpret what he really meant when speaking recently about Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. But here are the words, according to Rick Alonzo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "I talk to Tarvaris all the time [and] tell him you have to put in the time. This ain't college no more. This is the NFL. You have to put in more time than you are used to putting in. If you are putting in four hours, you have to put in eight. You have to put in more time than what he's doing. I think if he puts the right time in, he will be a great quarterback in the league." Williams made the comments on Sirius NFL Radio.

  • According to a poll performed by Rasmussen Reports, 29 percent of Minnesotans are in favor of the Vikings signing quarterback Brett Favre. Star Tribune maven Paul Walsh updates the story.

  • The Detroit Free Press suggests the "cornbread and Kool-Aid" have made their way to ESPN headquarters after a few of us ranked the Lions somewhere other than last in our offseason power rankings. Ouch.