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Giants add DE Israel Idonije and TE Jerome Cunningham


Meet the two new additions to the NYG roster. TE Jerome Cunningham and DE Israel Idonije

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


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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. Yesterday, the team waived/injured running back David Wilson, who has been advised by team doctors to end his career because of a neck injury, and today waived defensive end Kendrick Adams. Wilson cleared waivers this afternoon and is now on injured reserve.

Idonije, 6-3 and 279 pounds, has played in 149 regular-season games with 50 starts and in six postseason 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 college football at the University of Manitoba in Canada. He entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Cleveland Browns on May 2, 2003. The Browns waived him on Sept. 30. Chicago signed Idonije to its practice squad on Nov. 19, 2003 and to a reserve/future contract on Dec. 30. 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 released on June 20.

Cunningham, 6-3 and 214 pounds, played at Southern Connecticut State University 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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