Bills competing with Patriots for Tinoisamoa

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
If the Buffalo Bills still want to sign linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa, they have another competitor to worry about. This one is in the AFC East.

Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe reports Tinoisamoa visited the New England Patriots on Tuesday. Tinoisamoa also has visited the Chicago Bears, but canceled a recent appointment with the Philadelphia Eagles.

CBSSpots.com senior writer Clark Judge reported last week the Bills offered Tinoisamoa a contract before he left Orchard Park, N.Y., which was his first stop after the St. Louis Rams cut him.

Tinoisamoa led St. Louis in tackles four of his six seasons there, but new coach Steve Spagnuolo released him because of a bigger-backer philosophy and the addition of rookie James Laurinaitis. Tinoisamoa was listed at 6-foot-1, 240 pounds, but he played about 20 pounds lighter last year.

He recorded 135 tackles last year with three sacks and two forced fumbles.

Tinoisamoa would supplant Keith Ellison in Buffalo's 4-3 defense.

With the 3-4 Patriots, Tinoisamoa would play inside linebacker, a position that was impacted when third-round draft pick Tyrone Mckenzie suffered a season-ending knee injury at rookie minicamp.