In the wake of defensive end, Cliff Avril’s departure from Detroit, the Detroit Lions have been put in a tough position as to who to replace him with.'
Shortly after the Seattle Seahawks stole Avril away from Detroit, the Lions did the same to them, with defensive end, Jason Jones, signing him to a three year deal. Jones, born and raised in Detroit, is expected to start for the Lions at the defensive end position in place of Avril. Despite some past success, there are some doubts about Jones’s starting ability, as he recorded just 10 tackles and 3.0 sacks last year, while sitting out six games due to a shoulder injury.
In light of Jones’s uncertainty, it seems that it would be smart of Detroit to add another weapon at defensive end, to solidify the position as well as motivate Jones to work far harder.
One player that seems like a perfect for the Lions, would be ex-Chicago Bears' defensive end, Israel Idonije.
The former undrafted free agent has been a consistent presence on Chicago’s defensive line for nine seasons. After becoming a full time starter in 2008, Idonije totaled 191 tackles to go along with 26.5 sacks, as well as leading the NFL in punts/field goals blocked in 2005, 2006, and 2007. To go along with his on the field achievements, Idonije is also an incredible team leader, with excellent sportsmanship, earning him the Ed Block Courage Award in 2009. Although Idonije turns 33 shortly after next season begins, he still has a lot to offer to an NFL team.
In addition to the amazing skills Idonije could bring to the Lions on and off the field, his services will come at a fairly reduced price. This is due to the fact that Idonije has stated that he’d like to stay in the Midwest, which Detroit is smack dab in the middle of, as well as the fact that his age has scared away several other potential suitors.
To ensure success on the defensive line this upcoming season, the Lions should at least look into signing Idonije, as he could be a game changer for this up and coming, Detroit Lions defense.
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