The Bears are not believed to have offered contracts to free agents Pisa Tinoisamoa or Rod Hood last week, but decisions could be looming for them this week.
It was originally reported that Tinoisamoa, who first visited the Buffalo Bills, would also take a trip to Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Daily News has disputed that, and right now the former St. Louis Ram has the Bills and Bears to choose between. The linebacker would likely shoot to the top of the depth chart quickly on the strong side for the Bears. He starred as a rookie in St. Louis under Lovie Smith and Bob Babich.
Hood has drawn more interest. He reportedly has a contract offer from the Rams and has also has been pursued by Cleveland and Detroit. He would provide the Bears with an experienced third option at cornerback now that Corey Graham has been shifted to safety. Hood has good size at 5-11, 198 pounds, and that makes him an attractive option. His agent Joel Segal said he expects his client to have a new teams some time this week.
The Bears might not have a deadline to get these moves done but would no doubt like to have the players on board by the end of the week. That's, of course, if the team plans to pursue them with contracts offers. Veteran players are off this week while the coaches work with rookies at Halas Hall. Getting Tinoisamoa and/or Hood signed by the end of the week would put them in position to participate in OTA's that start again on Monday. The newcomer(s) would have 12 OTA sessions to get a crash course on the defense before the break before training camp.
We'll check back with more during the day.