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Bears bringing in old friend Israel Idonije for a visit

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Before defensive end Israel Idonije signed with the Lions last offseason, there was some talk from the Bears about retaining him for the 2013 roster.

Idonije had been a longtime member of the Bears, joining the team’s practice squad in 2003 and remaining on the roster for a decade. Idonije had 20.5 sacks in his final three years with the Bears, which was all the more reason to keep him around. He wound up signing with the Lions instead, however.

The door isn’t totally closed on a return. Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that Idonije will be back in his old stomping grounds for a visit on Tuesday.

Idonije had just a half-sack in 15 games with the Lions last season and saw his playing time cut sharply from what he was used to in Chicago. The Bears, who have already signed defensive ends LaMarr Houston and Willie Young this offseason, may be hoping that a return to the team brings about a return in productiveness for Idonije.

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13 Responses to “Bears bringing in old friend Israel Idonije for a visit”
  1. scoops1 says: Mar 17, 2014 1:41 PM

    hahaha isn’t this the guy who gave the Lions all of the bears signals last season??

  2. wnstonchill says: Mar 17, 2014 1:45 PM

    Izzy is a class act and his leadership would be welcomed back here in Chicago. Hopefully for the right price.

  3. footballfather says: Mar 17, 2014 1:54 PM

    Why does he have to visit?? He played there for NINE years! Can’t they just talk on the phone and figure out whether he wants to go back??

  4. rickrock6661982 says: Mar 17, 2014 2:01 PM

    Sure makes all of whining Chicago players and fans did about Idonije seem hollow now.

  5. ermi0101 says: Mar 17, 2014 2:23 PM

    So… bears fans made fun of packers for signing Peppers who had a better year then Idonije… how is this one explained?!?!

  6. monsters3493 says: Mar 17, 2014 2:35 PM

    Visit is for physical

  7. polarbear71 says: Mar 17, 2014 2:41 PM

    It’s explained with the almighty DOLLAR ! Being a Bears fan for 35 years they don’t like paying a lot for players when some other players will take less, skill level is second or third…just look at the DT…Nate Collins and Ratliff. To them, that’s a lot better than Melton !!! New owners please !

  8. windycityjunkie says: Mar 17, 2014 3:50 PM

    He’s a nice hybrid DE/DT if they do sign him in my opinion that would signal Gilbert/Cliton-Dix/Pryor at 14 instead of Donald/Jernigan

  9. docsweeney says: Mar 17, 2014 3:55 PM

    Just kicking the tires on Izzy. Y’know some fans aren’t going to let the Peppers thing go. He was not worth 18M next year given his production. So they cut him. He signs with GB and suddenly its OMG, we are in trouble!!

    He will likely play at a high level for a few games and then back to what he is: a fading player. Remember, he could barely practice during the last two seasons. If he was willing to play for $4-5M this year, he’d of likely stayed.

  10. jpiro says: Mar 17, 2014 4:33 PM

    NEVER should have let him go. Re-sign him, stat. Guy has a motor that never quits and the versatility to play all over the line.

    Very underrated player during his time in Chicago and was sorely missed last year.

  11. larryboodry says: Mar 17, 2014 7:27 PM

    They never should have let him go, I hope he does come back.

  12. furny47 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:10 PM

    I’ll bet a wheel of cheese that they’re not going to sign him for 3 years/$30 million.

  13. ghostof34 says: Mar 18, 2014 11:03 AM

    Idonije is a solid football player. Better than average special teamer as well, and can play inside or outside on defense. They sign him and they can draft a stud CB or FS.
    As far as Peppers goes, he’s on what is essentially a one year deal with the amount of guaranteed money he’s getting, so even the Packers realize he may have nothing left in the tank…and if he does, then the knock on him his whole career is completely true…takes entire games off. He had 4 good games last year, and 12 mediocre to bad games…he had to go…and maybe that is what he wanted all along.

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