Bears sign Israel Idonije

DE Israel Idonije (Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

Former Bears defensive lineman Israel Idonije has agreed to return to the Windy City on a one-year deal, adding even more veteran depth to Chicago's front seven.

The Chicago Bears brought in defensive lineman Israel Idonije for a visit today and he never left town. Idonije has signed a one-year deal to play for the Bears in 2014.

After nine seasons in Chicago, Idonije signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions last year. He played 15 games as a rotational defensive end, accumulating 11 total tackles and 0.5 sacks. He started three seasons in the Windy City between 2010-2012, totaling 20.5 sacks and five forced fumbles.

Idoije is 33 years old and could be entering his final year in the NFL. He'll serve as veteran depth, one who can provide run support on first and second down, at a very crowded defensive end position. With Idonije, the Bears now have nine defensive ends on the roster.

Yet Idonije has positional versatility, having spent much of his 11-year career as a defensive tackle. If he earns a spot in Chicago's defensive-line rotation this year, he'll likely work at both positions.


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