Day three of the free agent season of 2014 is underway. The Detroit Lions seem now to be shifting their focus to their other most pressing need, safety.
The Lions had already been linked to former Miami Dolphins safety Chris Clemons, and while there is no new news there, they have brought in another safety for a visit. James Ihedigbo is in Detroit today to meet with general manager Martin Mayhew. Ihedigbo played for new defensive co-coordinator Teryl Austin for the Baltimore Ravens the last two seasons. Ihedigbo may not be a long term solution at 30 years old, but he was productive last year, totaling 99 tackles and three interceptions. It was his first full season as a starter during his career.
Pairing Ihedigbo with Glover Quin would mean a total overhaul of the safety position for the Lions over the last two seasons, while they still also retain Don Carey as a backup. The fact that Austin felt confidence in Ihedigbo after having him as a player the last two seasons is also encouraging.
The Lions also have New York Giants fullback Henry Hynoski in town for a visit today. It would be a significant change in philosophy to employ a full time natural fullback for the Lions. Both players should fit in to the Lions salary cap easily if they are signed. Based on the Lions approach at this point, it seems very unlikely that they will resign Brandon Pettigrew, or any other high dollar free agent unless Ndamukong Suh signs a contract extension that lowers his cap number. No progress has been reported on that.