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Giants sign veteran DE Idonije, rookie TE Cunningham

The Giants added an 11-year veteran on defense and a NFL newcomer on offense on Tuesday.

They signed defensive end Israel Idonije, who played nine years for the Chicago Bears and last season for the Detroit Lions, and tight end Jerome Cunningham, who will be in his first professional camp.

The Giants had two roster spots available. Monday, the team waived injured running back David Wilson, who has been advised by team doctors to end his career because of a neck injury.  

Tuesday, they waived defensive end Kendrick Adams. Wilson cleared waivers and is now on injured reserve.

Idonije (6-3, 279 pounds) has played 149 regular-season games with 50 starts and in six playoff games with two starts. His career regular-season totals include 258 tackles (184 solo), 29.0 sacks, 15 passes defensed, six forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and 24 special teams tackles.

Last season with the Lions, Idonije played in the first 15 games before finishing the season on injured reserve with a neck injury. He had 11 tackles (seven solo) and a half-sack.

Idonije, 33, played at the University of Manitoba in Canada. He entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Cleveland Browns in 2003. After the Browns waived him,Chicago signed Idonije to its practice squad in November 2003 and to a reserve/future contract on Dec. 30 that year. He stayed with the Bears until he signed with Detroit on June 13, 2013. Idonije re-signed with Chicago on March 18 of this year and was released June 20.

Cunningham (6-3, 214) played at Southern Connecticut State from 2009-12. In four years he caught 61 passes for 690 yards (11.3-yard average) and seven touchdowns. He is a native of Waterbury, Conn.

Adams, a first-year pro from LSU, ended the 2013 season on the Giants’ practice squad and was signed by the team to a reserve/future contract on Dec. 30. He had four tackles (three solos) in a backup role in the Giants’ preseason-opening victory Sunday night over Buffalo.




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