The Detroit Lions could have a new starting safety in place as early as today. The Lions have hosted three veteran safeties on free-agent visits over the last two weeks, and are awaiting a decision by James Ihedigbo on whether he’ll accept their contract offer. Ihedigbo, 30, played the last two seasons for the Baltimore Ravens, where new Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin was his secondary coach. He visited the Lions the first week of free agency, but was in between agents at the time. The Lions offered a two-year deal then, and but Ihedigbo was considering other suitors. Last week, the Lions hosted Chris Clemons and Thomas DeCoud on free-agent visits, but both players left town without contract offers. Asked for an update on where things stood at the NFL owners meetings today, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said, “Absolutely nothing I’m going to tell you until tomorrow.” Mayhew is scheduled to meet with beat reporters on Monday. The Lions are looking for a starter to pair with Glover Quin, one of their top free-agent acquisitions of last off-season. They released Louis Delmas last month, and were unwilling to pay for the top free agents at the position — all of whom commanded more money than Quin got last year.
Lions waiting for answer from free agent safety James Ihedigbo
Detroit Free Press | Mar 24