Bears Ink Idonije For 2 More Seasons

ChiCitySports .ComCorrespondent IMay 29, 2009

CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 02:  Lineman Israel Idonije #71 of the Chicago Bears blocks a pass from quarterback Dan Orlovsky #6 of the Detroit Lions during the fourth quarter at Soldier Field on November 2, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 27-23.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

May 29th comes with some very large news! Well ok, it's decent news but hey, whatever. Chicago signed Defensive Tackle Israel Idonije to a 2-year contract extension with 7 million dollars in new money involved; 3 million guaranteed.

Per his agent's twitter feed, Drew Rosenhaus, the contract negotiations went very smoothly. He hopes the negotiations for Idonije's teammate, Adewale Ogunleye go just as smoothly at the end of this upcoming season.

The hiring of Rod Marinelli as Defensive Line coach has brought change, especially to Idonije. Idonije has slimmed down to 270 lbs from 306. Idonije is looking to play some at end this season. Marinelli utilizes more lean pass rushers. He will also expand his role on special teams.

In 2008 Idonije recorded career highs  with 28 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Idonije is a dynamic defensive linemen who will see the field a lot more in 2009.

Here are some details via the Suntimes Blog


$2 million in guaranteed bonuses
$1.75 million base salary


$2.5 million base salary ($1 million guaranteed)


$2.5 million base salary

So, $3 million of the $7 million is guaranteed. Check back soon for more information.


Rush - VSN Writer