The Chicago Bears continued to bolster the defensive line Tuesday, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with defensive end Israel Idonije, a source confirmed to ESPN.com.
Financial terms of the deal weren’t immediately available. Idonije visited the team’s facilities Tuesday at Halas Hall, where he took a physical.
Idonije spent the first nine years of his career with Chicago before joining the Detroit Lions in 2013. In one season with the Lions, Idonije participated in 15 games and contributed 11 tackles and a half sack.
Prior to joining the Lions, Idonije started his career in Chicago as a core special teams contributor, and later blossomed into a full-time starter.
When Idonije signed with the Lions, he was coming off a 2012 season with the Bears in which he finished second on the team with 7.5 sacks.
Despite the Bears having already signed defensive ends Lamarr Houston and Willie Young in free agency, the club wanted to add depth to a defensive line which sorely lacked it in 2014. Idonije provides scheme versatility because of his ability to line up outside at defensive end and inside at defensive tackle.
Many within the organization view Idonije as a potential positive influence in the locker room because of his experience with the franchise and work ethic.
Over Idonije’s last four years in Chicago, he posted 23 sacks, and in 149 career games, the defensive end has logged 50 starts, 29 sacks and 203 career tackles.
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