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 have 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.