James Ihedigbo has decided to follow his secondary coach to Detroit. The former Ravens strong safety tweeted on Monday that he's agreed to terms with the Lions. Ihedigbo's deal with Detroit is for two-years, according to the Baltimore Sun.
In Detroit, Ihedigbo will be reunited with Teryl Austin, his secondary coach for two seasons in Baltimore. Austin was hired as the Lions defensive coordinator in January to serve under new coach Jim Caldwell. Caldwell also spent the past two seasons in Baltimore as the Ravens quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator.
Ihedigbo is coming off the best season of his six-year career. The 30-year-old tallied 101 tackles in 2013, second on the team behind only Ravens middle linebacker Daryl Smith. Ihedigbo was also second on the team in interceptions with three.
The Lions have had a hole at safety since February when they released Louis Delmas, who has since signed with the Dolphins. Ihedigbo will be paired in the secondary with the Lions other safety, Glover Quin. Quin started all 16 games last season for Detroit in his first year with the team.
Detroit will be the fourth city Ihedigbo has played in since his rookie year in 2008. Ihedigbo began his career as an undrafted free agent with the Jets (2008-10), then moved on to New England for a season before signing with Baltimore in 2012.