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James Ihedigbo | Defensive Back

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/3/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 214
College: Massachusetts
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Lions signed SS James Ihedigbo, formerly of the Ravens, to a two-year contract.
Ihedigbo replaces Louis Delmas next to Glover Quin on Detroit's back end. He's coming off a career year of 101 tackles and the first three interceptions of Ihedigbo's seven-year career. The 30-year-old reunites with DC Teryl Austin, Baltimore's DBs coach the past two seasons. Ihedigbo is a strong leader and can play special teams. He's typically been a liability in pass coverage. Mar 24 - 10:33 PM

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The Baltimore Sun reports free agent S James Ihedigbo has multiple offers, and the Ravens aren't expected to retain him.

Ihedigbo visited the Lions on the opening day of free agency but left without a deal. That's the only known interest the 30-year-old has drawn to this point. The Ravens will need to find his replacement next to Matt Elam.
Mar 21 - 9:14 AM

The Baltimore Sun reports the Ravens have "maintained interest" in free agent S James Ihedigbo.

An every-down player for the Ravens last season, Ihedigbo has made only one visit in free agency, venturing to Detroit last week. Ihedigbo is Rotoworld's No. 7 remaining free-agent safety.
Mar 20 - 4:23 PM

Free agent S James Ihedigbo left Detroit without a deal, but is still expected to sign with the Lions.

Ihedigbo is currently between agents and his wife is pregnant, so he has a lot on his plate. It sounds like the Lions intend to sign him as a starter next to Glover Quin. Former Ravens DBs coach turned Lions DC Teryl Austin said Ihedigbo was one of the Baltimore's most influential defensive leaders last year.
Mar 13 - 2:54 PM

Free agent S James Ihedigbo will visit the Lions and is expected to sign.

Ihedigbo played for new Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin for the last two years while both were in Baltimore. He'd ideally be depth at safety and a core special teamer.
Mar 13 - 8:02 AM

The Ravens have named James Ihedigbo their starting strong safety, beating out first-round pick Matt Elam.

They've also crowned Gino Gradkowski at center, where he held off A.Q. Shipley. Coach John Harbaugh emphasized that Elam will still see "significant playing time," despite coming off the bench. Elam can cover the slot in addition to play safety. He'll likely replace Ihedigbo in obvious passing situations.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 05:16:00 PM

The Ravens plan to give veteran James Ihedigbo the first shot at replacing Bernard Pollard at strong safety, but will likely have him compete with a draft pick.

Ihedigbo has starting experience, but is more useful as a special teamer. It's a deep draft for safeties, so Ihedigbo may well get beaten out in camp. The Ravens could eventually sign another veteran, as well.
Fri, Mar 29, 2013 10:03:00 AM

Ravens re-signed S James Ihedigbo to a one-year contract.

Ihedigbo, 29, appeared in all 16 regular season games in Baltimore last season, making three starts. He recorded 25 tackles and one sack without forcing a takeaway. Ihedigbo is best suited as a special teams gunner. The Ravens have SS Bernard Pollard in place and will look elsewhere to replace Ed Reed.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 01:08:00 PM

Ravens signed S James Ihedigbo, formerly of the Patriots.

28-year-old Ihedigbo is stretched on defense, but has long been a productive special teamer and can contribute immediately in that role. Look for Ihedigbo to also operate as Baltimore's third safety behind Bernard Pollard and Ed Reed.
Sun, Sep 2, 2012 07:41:00 PM

The Ravens visited with free agent S James Ihedigbo on Saturday.

Ihedigbo was a rotational safety with Patriots, but is a liability in pass coverage, and would be accepting a special teams role in Baltimore. Emanuel Cook (fractured leg) was injured in the preseason and is out for the year.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sat, Sep 1, 2012 07:35:00 PM

Patriots released S James Ihedigbo; waived S Sergio Brown

Ihedigbo appeared in all 16 games last season, starting 12, but was made expendable after the Pats used a sixth-round pick on S Nate Ebner. Ihedigbo played nearly 2/3 of New England's defensive snaps in 2011, but was a frequent burn victim in coverage. He's best utilized as a special teamer. Brown was given heavy snaps as the Pats' secondary descended into injury chaos, but is a pedestrian talent, at best.
Fri, Aug 31, 2012 01:31:00 PM

James Ihedigbo's one-year, $700,000 deal with the Patriots is a "minimum salary benefit" contract.

It means Ihedigbo will count just $605,000 against the salary cap, but also that the Patriots won't be able to re-sign him before the beginning of free agency next offseason. Laurent Robinson and Jordan Babineaux were minimum salary benefit players last year.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mon, Jun 25, 2012 02:50:00 PM

Patriots re-signed S James Ihedigbo.

The 28-year-old Ihedigbo played two-thirds of the Pats' 2011 defensive snaps, although that number will decrease substantially this season. He's more of a special teamer, and won't threaten Pat Chung, Steve Gregory, or Tavon Wilson.
Fri, Jun 22, 2012 04:18:00 PM

Patriots safety James Ihedigbo briefly left Monday's game with a shoulder injury, but returned in the first quarter and finished the game.

Ihedigbo was brought to the Patriots to contribute on special teams, and with Josh Barrett going on I.R. he is now thrust into a starting role. Practice squad call-up Ross Ventrone replaced him, and both are well-below average players trying to put their finger in the dike. Valued practice squad signee Sergio Brown has fallen behind Ventrone.
Tue, Nov 22, 2011 02:28:00 AM

Patriots agreed to terms with S James Ihedigbo, formerly of the Jets.

Ihedigbo, 27, racked up 11 special teams tackles with New York last season. The Pats would be smart to make sure Ihedigbo doesn't play snaps on defense if he makes the final 53. He struggles badly in both coverage and run support.
Fri, Aug 19, 2011 06:29:00 PM

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