The Bears have signed free agent defensive end Isr

By Scott Leber | sleber@wtvo.com

Published 03/18 2014 03:02PM

Updated 03/18 2014 03:04PM

LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms with DL Israel Idonije on a one-year contract.

The 6-6, 275-pound Idonije returns to the Bears – where he spent nine seasons (2004-12) – after one year in Detroit (2013).

For his NFL career, Idonije has started 50 of 149 games played (starting at both defensive end and defensive tackle), registering 273 tackles, 29 sacks, 40 tackles for losses, six forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. He has added 36 special teams tackles and eight blocked kicks.

Over the last four seasons (2010-13), including three with the Bears (2010-12), Idonije has recorded 21 sacks, 33 tackles for losses, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Idonije was the Chicago Ed Block Courage Award recipient in 2009 and was the Bears “Walter Payton Man of the Year” nominee in 2009 and 2010, including being one of three finalists for the League award in 2010.

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