Give general manager Martin Mayhew and company a definite "A" for this move.
Ihedigbo, 30, wasn’t one of the top safeties on the market. The price for Buffalo’s Jairus Byrd and Cleveland’s T.J. Ward apparently got too high for the Lions.
With Tate and Ihedigbo, Detroit is adding two players who have played on Super Bowl champions. You can’t put too much value on that for a team that is trying to learn how to win.
Ihedigbo’s connections with the coaching staff make him more attractive to the Lions than possibly other teams. Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin was Ihedigbo’s position coach last season in Baltimore while Lions coach Jim Caldwell was the Ravens’ offensive coordinator.
The Lions will be getting an intelligent, experienced player who can be somewhat of an extension of Austin on the field. Ihedigbo (6-foot-1, 214 pounds) is strong against the run and average in coverage.
Give this one a "C," assuming it indeed goes through as anticipated.
Pettigrew had other options because he was one of the top tight ends on the free-agent market.
Contrary to public opinion, it’s a good move to bring him back because of his blocking ability. The Lions wouldn’t have found a better replacement who can both block and is a potential threat in the pass game.
They’ll just have to live with a drop here and there.
They didn’t have to with the way Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah and Devin Taylor produced as rookies, and with the expected return of Jason Jones, a free-agent addition last year, from a season-ending knee injury.
Young, who started 15 games in 2013, ended up with division rival Chicago.
The new coaching staff is looking to add a true fullback to the roster and the team also needs a backup center who can be groomed to be Dominic Raiola’s replacement in a year or so.
But after taking visits to the Linos’ headquarters last week, Hynoski re-signed with the New York Giants and Costa took an offer from Indianapolis.
Hill is scheduled to visit Monday with the St. Louis Rams, who need a backup for Sam Bradford.
Hill’s chances of playing are greater in St. Louis because the Rams are much more likely to bench Bradford if he struggles than the Lions are with Matthew Stafford.
The Lions don’t want to overpay him, but Hill is unquestionably the best fit here because of his experience and the ability he’s shown to come off the bench and respond under pressure.
The team’s other top unsigned free agent is cornerback Rashean Mathis, who would be a logical player to re-sign at a low price if he doesn’t find a good offer elsewhere.