Detroit Lions sign ex-Bears DE Israel Idonije

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Associated Press

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 27 at 11:01 AM

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — 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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