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Veteran DE Israel Idonije, QB Jerrod Johnson among four players let go by Bears
Israel Idonije’s second stint with the Bears didn’t last to training camp, and Jerrod Johnson is the odd man out in the Bears’ backup quarterback derby.
They were two of the four players let go by the Bears on Thursday evening, joined by tight end Fendi Onobun and safety Sean Cattouse.
The team added former Rutgers defensive end Jamil Merrell and former Wisconsin linebacker Conor O’Neill.
The 6-4, 252-pound Merrell started 18 games in four years of college, and the 6-foot, 230-pound O’Neill started nine times, all as a senior.
Idonije, whose contract was terminated, played for the Bears from 2004-2012 before recording one-half of a sack with the Lions last year.
The departure of Johnson, who was waived, confirms what coach Marc Trestman said earlier Thursday: former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen will travel with the team to Bourbonnais for training camp starting July 25.
He will compete with veteran Jordan Palmer and rookie David Fales for the team’s backup roles behind Jay Cutler.
Onobun, who spent last season on the Bears’ practice squad, never appeared in a regular-season game for the team. The team officially waived Cattouse on Tuesday, but didn’t announce the move for two days.