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Baltimore Ravens keep James Ihedigbo

The Baltimore Ravens signed former New England Patriots and New York Jets strong safety James Ihedigbo in early September after Ihedigbo failed to make the Patriots 53-man roster leading up to the 2012 season. Ihedigbo was brought in for a workout by the Ravens, and the team signed the core special-teamer and depth safety before the season.

The former University of Massachusetts standout will stick around with the Ravens for another year, as insider Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun has reported that Ihedibgo has signed a one-year deal with the team, per a league source.

Although Ihedigbo is awful in coverage and received too much playing time at safety with the Jets and Patriots, the Ravens have been using Ihedibgo perfectly as a backup. The run-supporting safety’s best asset to a team is on special teams, where is one of the league’s better special teams gunners. The 29-year-old brings the Ravens depth at the safety position backing up strong safety Bernard Pollard, and Ihedigbo’s re-signing does not affect Ed Reed‘s future at all.

Last season, Ihedigbo appeared in all 16 games and managed to start in three of them with 25 total tackles. The Ravens had to use Ihedigbo in starts due to injuries and the like, and I am sure they found his special teams value to be, well, valuable.

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