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Israel Idonije agrees to deal with Bears

Another former Detroit Lions defensive end is headed to Chicago.

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It turns out that Willie Young isn't the only defensive end leaving the Detroit Lions for the Chicago Bears this offseason. Young signed with the Bears last week, and Israel Idonije agreed to a deal with them on Tuesday, according to Pro Football Talk.

Idonije was actually previously with the Bears from 2004-12. They decided to not bring him back last year, though, and Idonije joined the Lions in June. He added some veteran depth to the defensive end position, but he only had 11 tackles and half a sack in 15 games last season.

Last month, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said that the team wasn't planning to re-sign Idonije. He was one of several veteran free agents not in the Lions' future plans, so it's no surprise that he signed elsewhere. And considering Idonije spent so much time with the Bears before joining the Lions last season, it's not a huge surprise that he's returning to Chicago.

In addition to signing Young and Idonije, the Bears also recently added defensive end Lamarr Houston, so that position has gotten quite the overhaul in Chicago this offseason.

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