The Ravens bolstered their safety position Tuesday before free agency began, re-signing James Ihedigbo to a one-year deal.
Ihedigbo, 29, was signed by the Ravens just before the season after he was a late training camp cut by the Patriots. He played in all 16 games, primarily on special teams, though he did start three games at strong safety as Bernard Pollard nursed sore ribs. Ihedigbo finished the regular season with 19 tackles and one sack and also had six tackles on special teams.
Ihedigbo is also a veteran, fairly cheap insurance policy should the Ravens lose safety Ed Reed to free agency. Ihedigbo, has played in 69 regular-season games over five seasons. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of UMass by the Jets. He played three seasons with the Jets after spending his rookie year on injured reserve, then was with the Patriots in 2011.
With the Ravens, the 6-foot-1, 214-pound Ihedigbo distinguished himself as a strong special teams player and an emotional, physical presence. It was Ihedigbo who hammered Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich on a safety blitz in Pittsburgh, and it's believed Leftwich suffered broken ribs on the play.
After re-signing with the Ravens, Ihedigbo tweeted, “Standup... The GraveDigger is back for another year!!!! Excited to be back love my Bmore Family!!#Salute"