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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Friday, July 25, 2003

Tinoisamoa signs deal

Advertiser Staff, News Services


Former University of Hawai'i linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa yesterday signed a four-year contract with the St. Louis Rams worth $2.989 million, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Tinoisamoa, a second-round pick and 43rd overall selection, received a $1.619 million signing bonus that was included in the contract, the newspaper reported.

Tinoisamoa was one of three UH players selected in April's NFL Draft. Hawai'i offensive linemen Vince Manuwai and Wayne Hunter were selected in the third round by the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks, respectively.

Hunter signed a three-year deal worth just under $1.45 million with the Seahawks on Wednesday. Manuwai yesterday said his agents Tom Condon and Ken Kremer are still working on a deal.

Tinoisamoa is projected as a starter at outside linebacker. He was expected to arrive at training camp yesterday afternoon but likely won't practice until today.

"You think you know him, but you don't really know until you get him out there," Rams coach Mike Martz told The Associated Press after the first day of two-a-days. "I think he's got the speed and intensity and fire, and I think he can make plays for us on defense, but he still has to do that.

"I guess the honeymoon's over once he comes out on the field."

Tinoisamoa had a career-high 129 tackles, 6 sacks and two interceptions last year. The Rams hope he'll boost a linebacker corps that had no sacks or interceptions in 2002.

The Rams have yet to sign first-round pick Jimmy Kennedy, a defensive tackle from Penn State, although Martz said the team was close on a deal.