James Ihedigbo Brings Big-Game Experience


The Ravens were on the cusp of the Super Bowl last year. Now they've added a player who went there.

Recently-signed safety James Ihedigbo has played in three AFC championship games and last year's Super Bowl with the New England Patriots.

He's banking on that experience to help him transition into the Ravens' locker room and bring a little something extra.

"Being in the league for six years, being in multiple AFC championship games, being in the Super Bowl, [I bring] that leadership mentality of the big game," Ihedigbo said Wednesday.

On an everyday basis, Ihedigbo adds depth at safety considering the season-ending injury to Emmanuel Cook (broken leg). His main role, however, may come on special teams.

Ihedigbo said he told Head Coach John Harbaugh upon his arrival that he'll do anything asked of him.

The 6-foot-1, 214-pounder has 118 tackles and five sacks in his six seasons. He started 12 games at safety last year in New England.

Ihedigbo was cut because of a numbers game, wrote the Boston Herald. The Patriots wanted to keep rookie Nate Ebner, who showed steady improvement in training camp.

"I got released and I wasn't worried about it at all," Ihedigbo said. "I have faith in God's plan for my life."

Ihedigbo immediately called his mother, who lives in Abingdon, Md., and told her how amazing it would be if he could play for the Ravens.

"Four or five hours later, I get a call from my* *agent and I'm heading to Baltimore," he said. "I'm honored to be a part of this team, honored to be a part of the guys in this locker room and the success of this defense and special teams."

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