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Bears roster moves: Israel Idonije, Jerrod Johnson released; sign tryout DE, LB

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After the conclusion of the team's three-day mandatory veteran minicamp, and on the heels of the release of Fendi Onobun, the Bears made some corresponding roster moves:

NFL.com has a draft profile on Merrell here.

We had more news shortly after that, and it won't please Canadian hamsters:

Israel Idonije is well-known to Bears fans after having spent 2004-2012 playing both DT and DE, racking up 20.5 sacks in his three final seasons during that span, in which he appeared in all 48 games and started 42.  Jerrod Johnson went undrafted in 2011 and spent some time on the Bears' practice squad last season.

Biggs also offered up some thoughts on Izzy:

He has not, at time of writing, had anything more to add about Johnson, who has attempted no regular season passes in his time in the league.  His Tribune colleague Rich Campbell has more on these roster moves here.

Some further notes from Biggsy...

...and in case you missed it,

We'll have more on these roster moves and news of today's abbreviated minicamp session in tomorrow's Den, as usual.  In the meantime: after the collapse due to injury of the defensive line last season, how do you feel about not retaining Izzy as insurance?  Is it an indication of the coaching staff's confidence in the rookies' potential and young players' improvement?

(Izzy in hi-res.)