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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Ravens free-agent rankings: No. 7

By Jamison Hensley

Let's continue the ranking of the Baltimore Ravens' 13 unrestricted free agents:

No. 7: JAMES IHEDIGBO

Position: Safety

Ihedigbo
The good: Ihedigbo wasn't expected to start last year after the Ravens signed Michael Huff in free agency and drafted Matt Elam in the first round. But he turned into one of the biggest surprises on defense. Playing nearly every snap on defense, Ihedigbo finished second on the team with a career-best 99 tackles.

The bad: He's basically a lesser version of Bernard Pollard. Ihedigbo is solid at coming up to make the hit but he doesn't make enough plays in coverage. All three of his interceptions last season came against Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. Excluding the two games against Cincinnati, Ihedbigbo broke up only seven passes in 2013.

The bottom line: A return is unlikely for Ihedgibo, especially after general manager Ozzie Newsome said the team needs to add a more athletic safety. The Ravens want to move Elam to Ihedigbo's strong safety spot, which is the first-round pick's natural position. The team would be interested in bringing back Ihedigbo as a special teams player, but he'll want to find a place where he has an opportunity to play on defense.