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James Ihedigbo will visit with Lions

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Before becoming the defensive coordinator in Detroit, Teryl Austin coached defensive backs for the Ravens.

That helps explain why his new team is meeting with a free agent safety from his old team. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Lions will host safety James Ihedigbo on a visit that will likely include some time with his former position coach.

Ihedigbo started all 16 games for the Ravens last year, the first time he’s done that in his six-year NFL career, and the Lions are in need of safety help after parting ways with Louis Delmas before the start of free agency. Ihedigbo’s best work comes against the run, which wasn’t the major problem with the Lions secondary last season, although his familiarity with Austin is sure to be another thing in his favor as the Lions mull an offer.

The Lions made their biggest splash in free agency by signing wide receiver Golden Tate and haveĀ had visits from center Phil Costa and fullback Henry Hynoski.

UPDATE 9:46 a.m. ET: PFT has learned, via a league source, that Ihedigbo is expected to sign in Detroit.

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11 Responses to “James Ihedigbo will visit with Lions”
  1. lionsmark09 says: Mar 13, 2014 8:53 AM

    Don’t let him leave the showroom Bill Ford. We need this player.

  2. getatmeplease says: Mar 13, 2014 8:55 AM

    Not sure how I feel about this one. He’s fantastic against the run but a liability in pass coverage. Not exactly what the Lions need right now.

  3. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Mar 13, 2014 9:02 AM

    He made a lot of great plays with the Ravens, but I will probably always remember him for the hail mary that he tipped up in the air for AJ Green to catch.

  4. Denver Geldings - Super Bowl Castration... AGAIN!!!! says: Mar 13, 2014 9:11 AM

    If you are a team looking for a safety who will drop the hammer on one of his fellow DBs in the midst of making a tackle, then Ihedigbo is your man. I have never seen a player unleash such fury on his own team…

  5. DonKellyBaby says: Mar 13, 2014 9:12 AM

    Don’t understand why the Lions are trying to go after in the box safeties. First, the Lions targeted TJ Ward and rightfully so, but Ihedigbo is far from the talent Ward is.

    Quin is a very good safety, but he isn’t a true FS. To me, Quin is excellent at covering TEs and playing the run; however, he lacks the ability to cover deep against WRs.

    I’d much rather see the Lions draft Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

  6. joec14 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:18 AM

    If he can finish tackles and not bounce off of them and stay healthy than he’s an upgrade over Delmas

  7. z06vision says: Mar 13, 2014 9:23 AM

    What is the Baltimore Pd going to do now that these ravens have flown the coop?

  8. jmacb says: Mar 13, 2014 9:29 AM

    The Lions could take a safety in the draft, and spend much less on someone who can play as well or even better.

  9. tyso4 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:37 AM

    At the right price sign him. That way if the lions can’t find the safety they want in the first few rounds he’ll be your starter.

  10. jetfan74 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:40 AM

    Instant upgrade. He will actually play 16 games for the lions. Fans need to understand that the DC needs someone out there to get the secondary in the right position. Diggs is the consummate pro and he will bring his lunch box every day cuz he knows it’s going to be an all day affair. From special teams/rotational S to full time starter should tell you all you need to know. I would take him back in NY in a heartbeat!!!

  11. ninetysixer says: Mar 13, 2014 9:48 AM

    would be a huge get for the Lions, hate seeing him leave the Ravens, but we drafted Matt Elam in the first round and we can’t keep having him play out of position.

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