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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Ravens add insurance if Ed Reed leaves

By Jamison Hensley

It won't go down as a major free-agent signing, but the Baltimore Ravens added a safety net (bad pun, I apologize) when they re-signed James Ihedigbo to a one-year deal, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Ihedigbo, 29, provides some insurance if the Ravens lose Ed Reed in free agency. He's more of a special teams player but he can start if Baltimore needs him to do so. Ihedigbo made 12 starts for the Patriots in 2011 and filled in for three starts for the Ravens last season.

This is a classic Ravens move. The Ravens can re-sign Reed and still have experienced depth with Ihedigbo. Or, if Reed goes elsewhere, the Ravens don't feel forced into selecting a safety early in the NFL draft because they have Ihedigbo. And, even if they draft a safety, the Ravens don't have to feel committed to starting him right away because they have Ihedigbo as a fallback option.