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Israel Idonije Signs with the Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions took another step forward in reshaping their defensive line this offseason. Their new theme, versatility.

According to ProFootballTalk, the Lions have come to terms with former Chicago Bears defensive end Israel Idonije on a one year contract. Financial terms of the contract have yet to be disclosed, but at this point I would have to imagine it’s going to be less than the nearly $2.5M he made last year in Chicago.

Much like the Lions other free agent addition to their defensive line, Jason Jones, Idonije can play defensive tackle as well as end. As per ProFootballFocus, Idonije was on the field for 514 snaps as a defensive end and 212 as a defensive tackle. When playing as an end Idonije lined up generall on the left side.

In his last season with the Bears Idonije recorded 48 tackles to go with his 7.5 sacks and one forced fumble. The undrafted Idonije has spent ten years in the league, mostly with the Bears. The Cleveland Browns originally signed him out of Manitoba, Canada where he played his college football.

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