Detroit Lions sign ex-Bears DE Israel Idonije

    2013-06-26 20:48

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).

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Idonije made 48 tackles (29 solo), had 7.5 sacks (68 yards) and one forced fumble last season.