It is voluntary for players to be here between now and mandatory minicamp in June, but Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Friday he has spoken with Ihedigbo and would like him back as soon as possible.
“What I try to do is make certain, and I understand in our business it’s unique,” Caldwell said. “They have things they have to look at from their vantage point, what they think is best and my business is to make sure we have the best team we possibly can.
“So my interest is getting him here and getting him here pronto. I would like to have every guy here but the fact of the matter is it doesn’t always happen that way.”
Caldwell said Ihedigbo can make his own decisions about whether or not to show up for the voluntary portion of offseason workouts, including OTAs that begin the last week of May. But he is not required to be here until the week of June 18, when minicamp is set to begin.
Ihedigbo decided to not come to the voluntary portion of workouts as he tries to push for a new contract from the Lions. The 31-year-old is entering the final year of his two-year deal. He teamed with Pro Bowler Glover Quin to become one of the top safety tandems in the NFL last year.
“He’s not mandated to be here at this point in time,” Caldwell said. “So we’ll see when he is mandated what happens.”