Nov 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Israel Idonije (77) looks on as referee Bill Leavy calls a penalty at the end of the game against the Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Bears Free Agency Rumors: Israel Idonije Set To Return To Chicago?


The Chicago Bears continue to look for ways to bolster their defensive line. The Bears search may lead them to a familiar face.

Albert Breer of the NFL Network tweeted that the Bears will visit with Israel Idonije on Tuesday.

To add more substance to the story, ESPN Chicago reports that the Bears wanted to re-sign Idonije last off-season prior to his signing with the Detroit Lions.

Idonije disappointed with the Lions last season. Idonije only recorded a half a sack last season with the Lions to go along with 11 tackles. Though in his final three seasons with the Bears (2010-2012), Idonije recorded 20.5 sacks.

Idonije has the ability to play on the inside and outside of a defensive line. With Henry Melton no longer appearing to be in the fold, the Bears could use Idonije as an interior defensive lineman.

The idea of a reunion between Idonije and the Bears was originally dismissed by local reporters when free agency began last week. While with the Lions, Idonije indicated that he provided Detroit with inside information about the Bears schemes. That information may have played a factor in the fact that the Bears were swept by the Lions last season.

In any event, that doesn’t make Idonije the Benedict Arnold of the NFL. Inside information is commonly shared by players once they sign with a new team.

Perhaps if Idonije signs back with the Bears in 2014, the veteran could share some information about the Lions.

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  • Mike

    Would be a good depth signing given his ability to play DE or the 3T, but I really hope they aren’t looking for a ton more out of him than that.

    • Jordan_Campbell

      It would be a depth signing and a good one at that.