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Detroit Lions sign Idonije to 1-year contract

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Israel Idonije interacts with young players at a football camp at the University of Manitoba earlier this month.

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Former Manitoba Bisons’ all-star defensive end Israel Idonije has signed a one-year deal with the NFL’s Detroit Lions.

Idonije, 32, spent the last nine seasons in Chicago, where he racked up 272 tackles and 28.5 sacks with the Bears. He started 42 of the 48 games he played for Chicago the last three seasons, but was a free agent following the 2012 campaign.

The Lions announced the deal on their website and official Twitter feed.

Idonije was born in Nigeria and immigrated with his family to Brandon when he was four years old.

 

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