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Dollars and sense: The Israel Idonije extension, Part II

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A week after the Bears completed a whirlwind of contracts at Halas Hall, we've been able to take a look at some of the numbers.

Here is the contract for defensive lineman Israel Idonije, who was going to be a free agent after this season. Idonije's base salary going into 2009 was already going to be $1.75 million. A look at the numbers:


$1 million signing bonus
$1 million roster bonus
$1.75 million base pay


$2.4 million base pay ($1 million guaranteed)
$100,000 workout bonus


$2.4 million base pay
$100,000 workout bonus

So, as was initially reported, Idonije collects $7 million in new money on the two-year extension with $3 million guaranteed.

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Thats still to much money for an aging DE, just to bat a few passes down from the line.

i think he earned it, he's done everything they've asked him to and managed to stay healthy, but then again i'm biased

I wonder how those batted passes will help in getting the defense off the field. Idonije posted 3.5 sacks and was one of the leaders in tackles in what appeared to be marginal playing time. I dont see the Bears bring in anyone from free agency of immediately through the draft that will benefit the defensive line so by all means shore it up and lets see what we really have to work with. Idonije has been a great Bear both on and off the field.

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