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Bears A'been Busy Signing

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 09: Pisa Tinoisamoa #50  the St. Louis Rams runs against the New York Jets at Giants Stadium on November 9, 2008 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Francisco E. VelazquezCorrespondent IMay 29, 2009

The Chicago Bears signed free agent Pisa Tinoisamoa to a one-year contract while also leading the league thus far in signing their draft picks.

The latest signing of the day, Tinoisamoa played under Lovie Smith in St. Louis and even led the Rams in tackles as a rookie.

Yet, perhaps the most popular agreement made with the Bears Friday is a two-year extension for defensive lineman and special teams star Israel Idonije. Idonije’s contract was due to expire at the end of this season.

“I love Chicago, and I wanted to stay and continue to grow and develop here,” Idonije said. “It’s just warming to know that the team wants me here and wants me to be part of the picture moving to the next three seasons. It’s just a great feeling.” 

Beyond Idonije, the Bears signed seven of their nine draft picks. Defensive end Henry Melton, cornerback D.J. Moore, wide receiver Johnny Knox, linebacker Marcus Freeman, safety Al Afalava, offensive lineman Lance Louis and wide receiver Derek Kinder all signed contracts.

The top two picks by the Bears, Jarron Gilbert and Juaquin Iglesias are yet to sign. Still, there are two months away before training camp gets started.

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