Dec 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Bears defensive tackle Israel Idonije (71) against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Bears Free Agency News: Israel Idonije Signs 1-Year Deal

A day after his visit with the Chicago Bears was reported, veteran defensive end Israel Idonije has officially returned to the Chicago Bears.

On Tuesday, Idonije and the Bears agreed to a one-year deal. Idonije returns to the Bears after spending last season with the Detroit Lions.

Idonije went unnoticed with the Lions as the defensive end failed to record a full sack while tallying 11 tackles.

Many have criticized the Bears interest and consequential signing of Idonije. Many Bears fans think that the signing of Idonije goes against the team’s desire get younger on defense and will deter the Bears from addressing the defensive line in the early rounds of the draft. Those fans appear to be misguided.

The signing of Idonije is a good addition for the Bears. Reason being Idonije will provide the Bears with depth on the defensive line. Idonije has the ability to play inside and outside and gives added versatility to defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. The signing of Idonije will not preclude the Bears from drafting a defensive tackle in the early rounds of the draft. In fact, defensive tackle is the greatest need the Bears have.

Idonije played with the Bears from 2004 to 2012 prior to his signing with the Lions last season.

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