Baltimore Ravens could lose Daryl Smith and James Ihedigbo

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals aren't the only team in the AFC North getting stripped of their free agents. The Ravens could lose two key starters from last year's team.

The Baltimore Ravens were able to re-sign their biggest free agent in offensive tackle Eugene Monroe just as the free agency signing period opened.

After Monroe, middle linebacker Daryl Smith is the next key free agent that needs to be re-signed. He finished the season with 123 tackles, five sacks, three interceptions and 19 passes defended and was a leader on the defense.

If he isn't re-signed, the Ravens could pursue Wesley Woodyard or Brandon Spikes, both of whom were quality starters for the Broncos and Patriots respectively in 2013.

Starting strong safety James Ihedigbo is also a free agent after leading the team in tackles (103) in 2013 to go with three interceptions. Re-signing him would also seem like something Baltimore wants to do, but it appears he's headed to the Detroit Lions.

Per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press:

James Ihedigbo left the Detroit Lions’ practice facility without a contract today, but the free agent safety said he hopes to reunite with his former defensive backs coach — new Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin — soon.

Does he expect to be a Lion eventually?

"God willing," Ihedigbo said. "If (Lions contract negotiator Jon Dykema) helps me out, we’ll make it happen."

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Cincy Jungle

You must be a member of Cincy Jungle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cincy Jungle. You should read them.

Join Cincy Jungle

You must be a member of Cincy Jungle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cincy Jungle. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker