The 10-year veteran spent the last nine seasons in Chicago, where he racked up 272 tackles and 28.5 sacks. He’s started 42 of the 48 games he played for the Bears the last three seasons.
He had eight sacks in 2010, five in 2011 and 7.5 last season.
The Lions needed to get more production out of their defensive ends in 2013 after only 15.5 sacks from the position a season ago.
The Lions signed free agent Jason Jones within the first 24 hours of free agency and drafted Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah No. 5 overall in April.
Like Jones, Idonije does have the ability to move inside and play defensive tackle. Per Pro Football Focus, he played 514 snaps at defensive end and 212 snaps at tackle in 2012.
Idonije (6-6, 275) will join those two and Willie Young as the likely top-four rotation for the Lions. Fourth-round pick Devin Taylor would make up the top 5.
It will be interesting to see where Ronnell Lewis, last year’s fourth-round pick, now fits into the rotation come training camp.
The Lions kept only five defensive ends on the Week 1 roster last season.
The team released defensive end Freddie Bishop to make room for Idonije on the 90-man roster.
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