James Ihedigbo A Realistic Free Agent Target For Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears aren’t quite done in the free agency just yet. The team’s need at the safety position is apparent, but their interest in each of the remaining players on the market isn’t necessarily common knowledge.
There are a handful of safeties still on the market that could come in this summer and challenge for a spot on the roster. One safety who is said to have some interest in joining the Bears is James Ihedigbo.
Ihedigbo, if you’re not familiar with him by name, was a member of the Baltimore Ravens 2013 Super Bowl winning squad and was a starter on their defense for the 2013-2014 season. Also, he was a starting safety on the New England Patriots team that lost to the New York Giants in the 2012 Super Bowl.
From the description above, Ihedigbo would appear to bring in a winning mentality that the Bears defense surely lacked this past season when they were the worst-run defense in the entire NFL. Though he lacks the attractive numbers in the interception and pass breakup areas that make a defensive back more desirable on the market, this shouldn’t be looked at as just another mediocre free agent possibility. What the Bears should be looking for is the players who will not just make the big plays occasionally, but the correct play all the time.
In this case, Ihedigbo is welcome here in Chicago whenever he decides to sign on the dotted line. He’ll be a major addition to an already growing group of safeties looking to put their stamp on either of the starting roles. If he were to become a Bear, his competition currently would include Chris Conte, M.D. Jennings, Ryan Mundy, Craig Steltz, and Danny McCray.
Chicago’s main competitor to acquiring Ihedigbo appears to be the Detroit Lions. While Chicago is figuring out its secondary situation, Detroit also has their own holes to fill in their defensive secondary. Interest appears to be mutual between Detroit and Ihedigbo, so this shouldn’t be another player that the Bears allow an NFC North Division rival to win the race for.