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Bears re-sign Idonije to one-year contract

israel Idonije, Tim Tebow AP

The Chicago Bears announced Thursday evening that they’ve re-signed defensive end Israel Idonije to a one-year contract.

The Bears tried upgrading on Idonije by courting Jeremy Mincey in free agency, but Mincey stayed in Jacksonville.

Idonije just barely cracked the PFT Hot 100 list, coming in at No. 96 overall. A versatile lineman and quality run defender, Idonije has quietly produced 13 sacks and four forced fumbles over the past two seasons.

He is the Bears’ starting left end, opposite Julius Peppers. The Bears are still expected to pursue a more natural pass rusher, likely via the draft. They could also sneak into the bidding if the Raiders release Kamerion Wimbley on Friday.

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12 Responses to “Bears re-sign Idonije to one-year contract”
  1. faulkn22 says: Mar 15, 2012 7:38 PM

    LOL @ Bears fans. Sorry.

  2. jameslongstaffe says: Mar 15, 2012 7:38 PM

    Good work Izzy:) Well deserved!

  3. randolph32 says: Mar 15, 2012 7:40 PM

    Maybe Phil is another Jerry, so far, outside of a renegade WR, they’ve done nothing!

    Obviously they think highly of last years team if they don’t need to add much to their roster…

  4. darthhitman says: Mar 15, 2012 7:44 PM

    That’s him and Tebow in the picture right? Who won that game again? LMFAO @ BEARS FANS

  5. mialto says: Mar 15, 2012 7:54 PM

    Bears arent done in FA…trust in PE

  6. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 15, 2012 7:54 PM

    mmm. That’ll do. At least we didn’t lose anything. Didn’t gain anything either.

  7. f0cus3d says: Mar 15, 2012 7:55 PM

    Underrated player IMO. Good signing.

  8. iamthorny says: Mar 15, 2012 8:14 PM

    Well, he’s “almost” as good as Mario Williams… :)

  9. txbearmeat says: Mar 15, 2012 8:23 PM

    Swing and a miss Bears fans!

    Well, at least you’ve got your porous secondary to count on when your non-existent pass rush (outside of Peppers) doesn’t get home in time.

    Fail.

  10. hooahitsnotatomthing says: Mar 15, 2012 8:28 PM

    A one year contract means he better show up next year. The D-Line was pretty good against the run, but the pass rush was hardly there later in the season.

  11. InFact says: Mar 15, 2012 8:46 PM

    #WRPrisonFactory

  12. briggsisbrokeagain says: Mar 15, 2012 10:36 PM

    He’ll be the third DE and is an excellent special teamer. Good signing.

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