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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  • David A Maupin

    Smart move. I didn’t like when last year I heard he had been released. Stats from last year are overshadowing the fact he wad playing behind Suh and co. He has always been under appreciated and is a solid rotational guy with the ability to start at tackle or end if need be. Welcome back Itsy to Chicago which is where you belong to begin with. This just solidifies Melton not coming back. Our D line is now looking solid. In draft get another versatile DT/DE . A CB. AND SAFETY and we are set. With all of the already good offense coming back that should improve having a season off the new offense under their belt the only needs I see on that side of the ball is another move TE and some depth guys. Maybe a change of pace RB like a Sproles/Whitehead type and we will be hard to beat in 2014. Emery doing a great job shoring up the D in a similar way he did the O last year. The draft is all icing on the cake. CAN’T WAIT. BEAR DOWN