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New England Patriots' LB Need About to be Filled with Pisa Tinoisamoa?

Aaron DodgeAnalyst IMay 9, 2009

In an Boston Globe article it was reported that the St. Louis Rams have released LB Pisa Tinoisamoa and the Patriots may be taking interest. The 6-year veteran was the team's leading tackler last season racking up 104 total tackles with 88 of them solo.

The move by the Rams is a little surprising, but it was suggested that Tinoisamoa did not fit into his newly projected role of SAM LB for the St. Louis defense. Mike Reiss of the Globe also notes that he may even be undersized for what the Patriots would generally look for at the MLB position.

With all that said he's probably the best option out there if the Patriots are geuninely looking to add depth to a MLB position that saw one member (3rd round selection Tyrone McKenzie) put on IR already.

His early departure leaves only Reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year Jerod Mayo, an ever increasingly aged Tedy Bruschi and un-proven players like Gary Guyton and Eric Alexander.

It would make a lot of sense to bring in a talented and proven player at this position given the inexperience behind starters Mayo and Bruschi.

Bruschi has seen his glory days pass him by and while he can still play he needs to do it in a needs to it in a rotation, he just doesn't have it in him to play 3 downs.

So with the need for someone to step in and play some snaps I would feel better about having a guy who has put up 75 tackles or more in four of his six seasons and has some youth on hid side as well. Maybe Tinoisamoa could fit that role for New England.

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