- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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Ravens S James Ihedigbo will be a free agent in a month. The team that signs him should consider itself fortunate because he's quite a good-luck charm.
Over the last four seasons, starting with the Jets in 2009 and 2010, Ihedigbo has played in four AFC Championship Games and on two Super Bowl teams. A year ago, he was a member of the Patriots, who lost to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. On Sunday, he'll be a backup safety and special teamer for the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.
All told, Ihedigbo has played in 12 post-season games, going on 13 -- not bad for a former undrafted free agent from UMass.
"It’s a blessing being my sixth year in the league and the success I’ve had," Ihedigbo told WFAN radio this week. "It’s awesome, it’s unprecedented."
Ihedigbo played four seasons with the Jets, making a name for himself on special teams. They let him walk as a free agent, unable to agree on the financials. He was considered a spare part; now he's a grizzled Super Bowl vet, providing leadership to the Ravens throughout the week.
"You can kind of anticipate what to expect with media day, the shenanigans that happen out there, you can kind of anticipate that stuff," he said. "But at the same time, you understand the preparation aspect and make sure you put aside that time to study and prepare for your opponent."
Maybe the Jets should re-sign him. They could use his mojo.
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