AP source: Jets not bringing S Ihedigbo back
A person familiar with the situation says the Jets will not
re-sign free agent safety James Ihedigbo, meaning the hard-hitting
special teams ace will be playing elsewhere this season.
Ihedigbo (ee-HEAD-ee-BO) has been with the Jets since 2007, when
they signed him as an undrafted free agent out of the University of
Massachusetts. He was a key contributor as a backup in Rex Ryan’s
secondary, setting a career high with three sacks last season, and
was second on the Jets with 27 special teams tackles.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of
anonymity because the team had not announced its plans.
Ihedigbo, 27, was a favorite of Ryan and special teams coach
Mike Westhoff but will leave after four years in New York.
It was believed the Jets wanted Ihedigbo back, especially since
the safety position appeared thin when free agency began. He also
tweeted to fans recently saying he wanted to return. But New York
then re-signed Eric Smith and Brodney Pool, and added free agent
DaJuan Morgan to bolster the safety spot, which includes Jim
Leonhard and Emanuel Cook.
The move came on the same day the Jets released popular wide
receiver Jerricho Cotchery.