October 23, 2011; London, ENGLAND; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman throws the ball under pressure from Chicago Bears defensive end Isreal Idonije (71) and Lance Briggs (55) during the first quarter in the NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets Potential Free Agent: Israel Idonije


Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets coach Rex Ryan speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

There is quite a bit of time between now and when the Jets take the field to open the 2013 NFL season. I am not here to comment on this roster as if it’s finished product, because, truth be told, IT ISN’T. It’s not really close either. There is much work to be done.

What IS noticeable, however, is the fact that the defensive lineup will be very different than last year. With all but approximately 7 starters gone for the defense, things will be different. Rex is going to be asked to do a lot, in order to bring a basically new defensive group back to the top 10.

As such, I have been going over the record of free agents that have ability. There are quite a few, although the majority are the skilled position offensive players. So, I went through the list for someone that could help. The Jets need a pass rusher off the edge. So, I have come up with a name that would work, if the price is correct. No it’s not John Abraham, we can’t go backwards….Who is it then? I’ll tell you…………………

That’s right, it is Israel Idonije, most recently with the Chicago Bears. Israel has stated to the public that he would prefer to be a member of the Bears, but that doesn’t mean that money doesn’t talk, because it does.

Yes, he is 32 years old, but seems to have a great deal left in the tank. His career best sack totals have come over the last three years, with 20.5 sacks recorded during that time. He has established himself as a top flight pass rusher, and despite his age, still plays over 700 snaps. He is pretty durable for a guy on the North side of Alaska this past year. In 2012, Idonije came up just .5 sacks short of his career high of 8 in 2010.

Israel’s PFF grade was outstanding in 2012, with an overall grade of 17.8, which would have dominated every Jets lineman other than Mo Wilkerson that put up a 49.1 rating.  His grades were high across the board, 8.7 on the pass rush, 0.0 in pass coverage, and a 7.4 grade in pass defense.

Think about the presence he would bring, mentoring these younger players.  The only question would be the money.  I do not know what Israel’s salary has been, and obviously if that is too high it would be cost prohibitive.  My point is that if he can be signed at a decent price, the Jets should look into this guy.

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  • disqus_M4cjCCdjyi

    Needs that you missed and/or starters that are below below average and should be replaced: QB, WR, TE, G x2, T, RB, NT, DL, OLB x 2, ILB x 1.5, S x 2. The only starters on this team that are worth starting are Mangold, Ferguson, Holmes (#2 receiver), Wilkerson, Cromarte, Revis and probably Harris and Coples. To believe that there aren’t mulitple holes is impossible. There is plenty of depth, unfortunately most of the players that should be on the bench and ready to fill in are starters. If the Jest win more than four games this year, Rex should get coach of the year and the coaches of the five + other teams should be fired.

    • TheJetPress

      Hi there,
      I don’t disagree that the Jets have a lot of holes. I never said there wasn’t. I just say that Rome wasn’t built in a day, you have to take one hole at a time. They have to slowly but surely put this team back together.

      Thanks for reading.

    • Corey

      Your comment cannot be taken seriously. Sparano made EVERYONE on offense take a step back. You are assuming that Stephen Hill, Demario Davis, and other young players will not progress AT ALL. And Kerley would also be a starter in the slot for a lot of teams after a good season considering QB struggles.

      We played with Bart Scott, Calvin Pace, Yeremiah Bell, and Eric Smith on the defensive side – all guys that can easily be replaced.
      I will agree that Landry and Keller were losses, but not enough to the point of destruction.
      Shonn Greene ran for 3.8 yards a carry and could not catch out of the backfield. Powell and Goodson are definitely an upgrade as far as dynamic ability.
      Keller was injured for most of last year and when healthy later in the season he seemed slow. This was a loss but he is not worth 4.5 mil IMHO.

      I’m assuming Jets will sign another WR before draft and address OLB, OL, TE, and Safety needs in draft (among other things).

      So I’m not saying Jets will make the playoffs but their offense should take a step forward and Rex has a way with defenses.

      • TheJetPress

        Healthy debate….that’s what I like to see