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Bears interested in re-signing Idonije, Scott

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INDIANAPOLIS -- While the Bears evaluate college talent at the NFL Combine with certain interests and needs in mind, general manager Phil Emery also made it clear they're interesting in keeping two players they already have.

Defensive lineman Israel Idonije and offensive tackle Jonathan Scott. Both players are unrestricted free agents.

Idonije, 32, has spent in entire career with the Bears, becoming a valuable leader and a blossoming into a consistent threat on the defensive line. He lost his starting spot this season to defensive Corey Wootton, but still saw as many as snaps rotating in at end and defensive tackle. Idonije had 7.5 sacks in 2012.

"He's done a number of good things and had a number of good games both outside and inside," Emery said. "He's a guy we will sit down with and talk to about coming back. He's got versatility and that's a positive thing for Izzy. He's done a good job for us."

Scott signed with the Bears on Sept. 10 and was inactive against the Packers on Sept. 13 and the Rams on Sept. 23. But injuries and inconsistent performances by right tackle Gabe Carimi opened the door for him. He started seven games at right tackle.

The play of the Bears' offensive line definitely wasn't a strength, but Emery said Scott performed well.

"Looking at Jonathan, he added positively to our group," Emery said. "He helped us win games. At some point, we'll sit down with his agents and see if we can't move forward."

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