What About Idonije?May 16th, 2013
Could the Bucs use an extremely versatile, durable defensive lineman, who’s also productive?
The answer seems like a no-brainer.
But for some reason the Bucs are passing on free agent Israel Idonije. who had 7 1/2 sacks with the Bears last season and hasn’t missed a game since 2006.
Super Bowl winning former general manager Charley Casserly, of NFL Network, also is flummoxed by Idonije’s NFL homelessness, as he explained in this NFL Network video.
“I watched the guy in five games last year. Every time you watch him this guy makes a play!” Casserly said of Idonije. “He can give you a nickel rush inside. He can still be a solid defensive end outside in a rotation. And every now and then he’ll give you a rush from the outside, a little mystery to me why this guy’s not on a roster. But as a rotating defensive lineman he can play all four positions in a rotational role. Good sign, I think.”
Idonije is 32 years old, and it’s unknown what kind of money he’s seeking.
Perhaps Idonije is no better than Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, but if Joe were the Bucs’ general manager, he’d want to give the guy a workout and an interview. What’s to lose? Idonije spent the past three years on Rod Marinelli’s defensive line in Chicago and was blossoming there.