James Ihedigbo was among Baltimore's best defenders in 2013.
He had 103 tackles and a career-high three interceptions. Entering the season expecting to be a backup, Ihedigbo earned a starting position in training camp and held onto it all season.
His stellar 2013 campaign in a contract year, however, has all but put the nail in the coffin on a potential return to the Ravens in 2014.
James Ihedigbo has offers from other teams, Ravens aren't expected to match offers, according to a league source— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 21, 2014
Healthy market starting to emerge for James Ihedigbo following 101-tackle, three interception season— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 21, 2014
Most of the teams interested in Ihedigbo are in the NFC, including the Detroit Lions, writes the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson.
Ihedigbo's earned a bigger contract so his departure shouldn't be seen as a surprise by any means.
But the Ravens will need to address this need in free agency, via a trade or through the draft.
It makes you wonder if finding a safety is beginning to emerge as one of the top two priorities at this stage of this offseason.