LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- After injuries cut short his first season in Chicago, linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa had plenty of motivation to re-sign with the Bears this offseason.
"I felt like there was a lot of unfinished business," Tinoisamoa said Friday. "I felt like I left a lot of stuff on the table that I didn't get to eat and clean up."
Despite being limited to just two games in 2009, the Bears informed Tinoisamoa they wanted him back in the fold, but the unrestricted free agent tested the market before eventually agreeing to a one-year deal.
"There were a couple of other teams [that expressed interest] but I knew that I wanted to come back," Tinoisamoa said. "It was only a matter if they wanted to have me back, so I was very honored after the little I played, the Bears wanted me back. I was pretty pumped."
However, Tinoisamoa is not guaranteed a starting job, and unlike last summer, Nick Roach sits in the driver's seat at strong side linebacker.
"It might be kind of reversed," Tinoisamoa said. "Last year, although Roach was the starter, people thought I would be given the first crack at the starting job. But now, it's kind of reversed. Nick is a very good player and I like him a lot. But that's not going to keep me from competing and doing what I need to do. I still consider myself a starter, so I think this will be a healthy battle that's going to make this team better."
Still working his way back from a knee injury, Tinoisamoa only participated in one practice Friday, while Roach was essentially sidelined for the entire day with muscle tightness.