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Bears Sign Idonije; Cut Earl Bennett

Lake  Forest, IL  (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bears agreed to terms on a 
one-year contract with defensive lineman Israel Idonije. 

Idonije  played  nine years with the Bears before moving to the Detroit Lions 
last  season.  In a reserve  role, he recorded 11  tackles and a half-sack for 
Detroit in 2013. 

Idonije  appeared in  134 games with 50  starts for the Bears from 2004-12. He 
recorded 196 tackles and 28 1/2 sacks during that time. 

The  Chicago Bears  terminated  the contract of veteran wide receiver Earl Bennett on Tuesday. 

Bennett,  who's spent  his entire six-year career with Chicago, appeared in 15 
games  with three starts last season and hauled in 32 passes for 243 yards and 
four touchdowns. 

A college teammate of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler at Vanderbilt, the 26-year- 
old  Bennett  has racked up  185 receptions for  2,277 yards and 12 touchdowns 
over 78 games with 29 starts, including a career-high 15 in 2009. 

The Bears  also agreed to terms  on one-year deals with safeties Danny McCray 
and Craig Steltz on Tuesday. 

McCray comes to Chicago after spending his first four seasons in Dallas, where 
he  racked up 104 tackles, seven passes defensed and two interceptions over 60 
games and made 10 starts for the Cowboys during the 2012 campaign. 

Steltz,  who's spent his entire six-year career in Chicago, played in 16 games 
with one start last season. He recorded 14 tackles and one pass defensed while 
adding 14 special teams tackles. 

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