DE Israel Idonije set to visit Bears

March, 17, 2014
Mar 17
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The Chicago Bears wanted to re-sign defensive end Israel Idonije last offseason, but lost him in June to NFC North foe Detroit.

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Now the Bears find themselves in position to acquire Idonije again, with the free-agent defensive end scheduled to visit the team and take a physical on Tuesday, according to an NFL sources.

NFL Network's Albert Breer first reported the news.

After spending the first nine years of his career with Chicago, where he began as a core special teams contributor, before blossoming into a full-time starter, Idonije joined the Lions after failing to come to an agreement in free agency with the Bears. In his only season with the Lions, Idonije participated in 15 games, contributing 11 tackles and half a sack.

When Idonije initially joined the Lions, he was coming off a 2012 season in which he finished second on the team with 7.5 sacks.

Despite the club signing defensive ends Lamarr Houston and Willie Young in free agency, it could still stand to add some depth along the defensive line. Idonije possesses the versatility to play inside or outside, and could be a positive locker room presence for the Bears as they continue to add youth on defense.

Over the past four years in Chicago, Idonije posted 23 sacks and was traditionally one of the top tacklers on the defensive line.

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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