Report: Lions won’t bring back James Ihedigbo

AP

Linebacker Stephen Tulloch isn’t the only veteran defender the Detroit Lions will need to replace before next season.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Lions are moving on from safety James Ihedigbo as well.

Unlike Tulloch, the Lions don’t need to release Ihedigbo. He will be an unrestricted free agent with the start of the new league year in March. Regardless, the Lions will need to find a replacement over the offseason.

Ihedigbo started 21 games over the last two seasons for the Lions. After a solid 2014 season that saw him have four interceptions and three forced fumbles, Iheidgbo lost his starting job to Isa Abdul-Quddus midseason.

Abdul-Quddus could be an option to take the job full-time, but he’s also set to be an unrestricted free agent.