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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Black and Blue all over: The Bears and Tinoisamoa

By Kevin Seifert

Posted by'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.

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