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The Detroit Lions have signed ex-Chicago Bears defensive end Israel Idonije (ih-DAHN'-uh-jay) to a one-year contract and have released defensive end Freddie Bishop.
The team said Wednesday it isn't releasing terms of its contract with Idonije, a free agent.
Idonije has spent nine seasons with the Bears. He started 11 games last season and finished second on the team in sacks (7.5) behind Julius Peppers (11.5).
Idonije made 48 tackles (29 solo), had 7.5 sacks (68 yards) and one forced fumble last season.
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The latest piece in the Detroit Lions' roster makeover comes from a division rival.
The Lions confirmed that they've reached a contract agreement with free-agent defensive end Israel Idonije, who played the last nine seasons with the Chicago Bears.
He is 6-foot-6, 275 pounds, was born in Nigeria and was an undrafted player coming out of college at the University of Manitoba...
Israel Idonije, a solid player for the Bears the past nine seasons, signed with the Lions today. We outline how he ended up in Detroit and what this means for the Bears going forward.
According to ProFootballTalk.com, the Detroit Lions have signed free agent defensive lineman Israel Idonije.
Lions sign DL Israel Idonije to one-year deal, per league source.
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Israel Idonije’s lingering presence on the free-agent market was one of the more confounding developments of the offseason. With nine years of NFL experience, 50 career starts and 20.5 sacks over the past three seasons, Idonije appeared to be one of the top remaining defenders left unsigned.
And now, he might be another huge part of a loaded Detroit defensive front.
Not that the Lions needed much help on the defensive line with Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley, Jason Jones and rookie Ziggy Ansah, but they just signed former Chicago Bear Israel Idonije. Idonije should be an impact player for the Lions as he will get to rest as a rotational piece. He can also play either tackle or end making him a valuable signing if one of the starters were to get...
Former Bears defensive end Israel Idonije has signed with the Detroit Lions, adding even more depth to the already strong defensive line of an NFC North foe.
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Looking for an insurance policy to help aid in the development of young Ziggy Ansah, the Detroit Lions made a solid move to secure their defensive line in 2013 by signing their former rival Israel Idonije to a one year deal.
Simply put, it was a stunning coup for the Lions to snag Idonije away from NFC competition like the interested San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears, where the...