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New York Giants Sign DE Israel Idonije & TE Jerome Cunningham; Waive DE Kendrick Adams

August 5th, 2014 at 5:40 PM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants announced a number of roster moves on Tuesday evening, including the placement of running back David Wilson (neck) on season-ending Injured Reserve (IR). The team also waived defensive end Kendrick Adams, who was very active in Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills, and have signed veteran defensive end Israel Idonije and rookie tight end Jerome Cunningham.

Idonije, who went undrafted in the 2003 NFL Draft, has spent time with the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears (twice) and Detroit Lions. In 11 NFL seasons, he's played in 149 games, collecting 282 tackles, 29 sacks, six forced fumbles and 25 stuffs.

For Idonije, his best season came as a member of the Bears in 2010 when he made 49 tackles and added a career-high eight sacks.

After nine years with the Bears, Idonije signed with the Lions in 2013. He played in 15 games, but finished the season on Injured Reserve (IR) with a neck injury. At the beginning of this offseason, he returned to the Bears on a one-year deal, but was released two months after he had signed.

At 33-years of age, many figured Idonije had played his final NFL game, but he finds himself with one more potential opportunity with the Giants — if even just showcasing himself to the other 31 teams over the final four preseason games. If nothing else, he's a well-respected, high-character guy who can offer a little veteran influence to Giants youngsters.

Cunningham, an undrafted rookie free agent, played his college ball at Southern Connecticut State University. A three-year starter for the Owls, Cunningham hauled in 61 receptions for 690 yards and seven touchdowns over his career.

Meanwhile, David Wilson officially cleared waivers at 4:00 PM EST after being waived/injured on Monday. He was subsequently placed on IR where he will earn the remainder of his 2014 salary (full cap hit).

Adams had signed a Reserve/Futures contract with the Giants back in December.

Idonije will wear No. 72.


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12 Responses to “New York Giants Sign DE Israel Idonije & TE Jerome Cunningham; Waive DE Kendrick Adams”

  1.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Idonije was a good player in his prime for Chicago. Not sure he has must left in the tank, but worth a shot.

    never heard of this TE before. Anyone? Is TE our new LB?

  2.  Krow says:

    I’ve dug up a little on the TE Cunningham … not much, but it seems his strong suit is blocking.

  3.  Krow says:

    Here’s the crowd at DT … Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson, Johnathan Hankins, Markus Kuhn, Jay Bromley, and long shot Kelcy Quarles.

    How many will we keep and how does Idonije be one of them? Let’s say we keep 5. Who goes? Jenkins, Patterson, Hankins and Bromley are locks. So that means Kuhn and Quarles go to get one last hurrah out of Idonije?

    I’m not sure this signing makes any sense at all.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      Idonije is a DE.

      And Kuhn, at this point, is a lock. The guy is earning a few first-team reps and isn’t out of the race to start. Not sure the line is so fine it’s start/get cut for him.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        Is Patterson in any question or is 5 DTs a lock then? Jenkins, Hankins & Bromley have to be locks.

  4.  kujo says:

    Bennett suspended indefinitely by the Bears.

    Come home, Black Unicorn! The Giants should be so lucky to have a tight end good enough (and bada** enough) to de-cleat another player for hitting him too hard.

    Letting him walk was Jerry Reese’s worst free agent decision. Every one has swings and misses. Few have swings that connect well enough for the player to get a good (not bank-busting) contract that could easily have been matched. Stupid stupid stupid decision.


    (/fanboy rant….)

    •  BleedingBlueSince04 says:

      Totally down for this. We have the cap space for his contract too.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I love Bennett, I think he my favorite 1 year Giant ever. But a 3rd round pick is too much. A 4th round pick I would consider strongly and anything lower in a split second. But we still do have to pick up his contract. You normally don’t pay full value in a trade when you also pick up a contract.

      I believe our TE spot will be fine but Bennett is an intriguing option and a great fit for the offense.

  5.  BleedingBlueSince04 says:

    Our te situation doesn’t look good right now. We have to have a decent TE starter by game 4 of preseason .

  6.  Nosh.0 says:

    Marty B’s cap number for 2014 6.025 Mill.
    2015 Cap Number 6.125 mill.
    2016 cap number 6.31 mill.

    That’s why he’s not on the team. Same reason Linval Joseph is not on the team. The giants thought the money was better spent on guys like DRC, Schwartz, Jennings, and cough, cough, Will Beatty.

    I think a reason why no TE has yet emerged is because they’re constantly shuffling guys in and out. If the team wants a TE to stick they should name someone the starter and give that player a chance to prove his worth. I personally think it should be Robinson because of the investment, but if they want to go with someone else then I wouldn’t have a problem with it. I just don’t know how a TE can establish himself by only seeing a few snaps at a time. But “competition makes people better”, so what do I know.

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