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Idonije out in New York

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The Giants’ march to 53 includes a veteran defensive lineman who possibly is reaching the end of an intriguing road in professional football.

Per a league source, veteran defensive lineman Israel Idonije has been cut by the Giants.

He played at the University of Manitoba and wasn’t invited to the Scouting Combine.  So he showed up on his own, handing out tapes of his performances from a brown paper bag.

It didn’t work on draft day, but Idonije got an initial shot with the Browns before finding a nine-year home with the Bears.  Following the 2012 season, Idonije signed with the Lions for 2013.  He then re-joined the Bears earlier this year, but he was cut in June.

Idonije landed with the Giants in early August, but the Giants have moved on.  Idonije instantly becomes a free agent, able to sign with any team.  If he has the same relentlessness that earned him a spot in the NFL in the first place, Idonije may not be done yet.

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7 Responses to “Idonije out in New York”
  1. bassplucker says: Aug 30, 2014 10:19 AM

    It looks like his playing days may be done, but this guy is one of the classiest individuals to play in the league for quite some time. From a Bears fan… thank you for all the great years, terrific leadership and community work you gave in Chicago, and all the best for wherever your road takes you next.

  2. cobrala2 says: Aug 30, 2014 11:01 AM

    “He played at the University of Manitoba and wasn’t invited to the Scouting Combine. So he showed up on his own, handing out tapes of his performances from a brown paper bag.”

    I’m impressed from that alone.

  3. kd75 says: Aug 30, 2014 11:15 AM

    He had a good preseason.

  4. The Almighty Cabbage says: Aug 30, 2014 11:20 AM

    bassplucker says:
    Aug 30, 2014 10:19 AM

    It looks like his playing days may be done, but this guy is one of the classiest individuals to play in the league for quite some time. From a Bears fan… thank you for all the great years, terrific leadership and community work you gave in Chicago, and all the best for wherever your road takes you next.
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    Agreed… from a Packer fan.

  5. GBwomenrhot says: Aug 30, 2014 11:23 AM

    If he has anything left in the tank he’d be a good pickup for someone needing a DL in their rotation.

  6. bassplucker says: Aug 30, 2014 11:37 AM

    Marinelli might give him another chance down in Dallas. He played both DT and DE in Chicago and the Cowboys need healthy bodies at both spots.

  7. randy2054 says: Aug 31, 2014 4:49 PM

    This gentle giant, not meant as a pawn by the way :-) like Nate Burleson is a Canadian citizen. His family to this day still lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. You not think of these two fine gentlemen would not be greatly welcomed and a return to the Canadian football league. I predict that both these gentlemen should they would not be picked up by NFL franchises will find themselves on Canadian rosters before the end of September. Now the other question is of the quarterbacks recut the last few days. How many of them will find their way up to Canada? I’m thinking of people like Thaddeus Lewis, BJ Daniels Dennis Dixon Dominick Davis and yes possibly even Chad Harnish might find employment in the CFL. Should be an interesting couple of weeks

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