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NFL Free Agency: Chicago Bears sign Israel Idonije

The Chicago Bears signed Israel Idonije today after he spent one year playing for the Detroit Lions.


Who says you can't go home again?

Last off season the Chicago Bears lost versatile defensive lineman Israel Idonije to the rival Detroit Lions and today he paid a visit to Halas Hall. He must have liked what he saw, because he agreed to return to the place he called home from 2003-2012.

Pro Football Talk was the first to report that the Bears brought back the popular defensive lineman, and Brad Biggs is reporting he signed a one year deal today.

I would imagine his deal with the Bears would be similar to his one year deal he signed last year with Detroit. The Lions were not interested in bringing back Izzy to play in 2014, and it's not known if he had other teams interested in his services. Last year he played his fewest snaps since 2009, and a rotational role seems in the cards for the Bears.

His signing will give defensive coordinator Mel Tucker another versatile linemen to work into his scheme.

Izzy has always been very active in the community through his Foundation, and he was also in Chicago earlier this month.

What are your thoughts on the Bears bringing back Idonije?