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Baltimore Ravens could lose Daryl Smith and James Ihedigbo

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.

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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."