Pisa Tinoisamoa made it pretty clear when he talked about joining the Bears after practice on Wednesday at Halas Hall--he wanted to get to a winning organization after the St. Louis Rams cut him loose a month ago. The Rams won just five games over the last two seasons combined, and along with his familiarity with the coaching staff of the Bears, he saw it as an opportunity to join a team with realistic playoff aspirations.
"Just the chance to be on a winning team is worth it to me,'' Tinoisamoa said. "I've been fortunate to get paid in this league and that was good, but I still had to go home a loser. I'd give all the money back if I could win again.
"The opportunity to win again. I miss that so much. I want to get back to that. I feel like I've been putting in so much work for so long, I feel like I deserve a good chance to win and a good chance at the championship."
By signing a one-year deal, Tinoisamoa will have the opportunity to hit the open market at a much better time, when most depth charts are not set. The contract he received is straight forward--Tinoisamoa was given a $500,000 signing bonus. His base pay will be $1 million. The total value of the contract is $1.5 million.
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