By: Pat Caputo
1. While James Ihedigbo had a surprisingly solid season in 2014, and safety play was a key for the Lions’ surprisingly good defense, he also faltered down the stretch. He did not play well during the Lions’ regular season finale at Green Bay (he was benched for poor play at halftime) and the second half of the playoff loss at Dallas. The idea he is signed for the 2015 season and there are reports Ihedigbo won’t be there for off-season workouts unless the Lions change his contract, represents a ridiculous premise. Ihedigbo is a replaceable part. He is no Earl Thomas, that’s for sure.
2. If Ihedigbo doesn’t report for the offseason program, he is essentially turning his back on his coaches and teammates. That’s especially true of defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, who was paramount in the Lions’ signing Ihedigbo. He started only sparingly previously in his career. Austin was Ihedigbo’s secondary coach with the Ravens, and the primary force behind him getting his first regular starting assignments.
3. How about playing well this season, and then getting the big payday? It’s not a novel idea. It is actually how it works in the NFL. What Ihedigbo is reportedly considering doing is the NFL’s version of mutiny.