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.