Ravens sign safety Ihedigbo

September 02, 2012 | Ryan Chell

The Baltimore Ravens may have whittled their roster down to 53 guys on Friday but that certainly did not mean that the Ravens were done making moves in an effort to better their roster to compete with the Cincinnati Bengals next Monday night.

First reported by the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens signed veteran safety James Ihedigbo to a contract.

The fifth-year veteran played with the New England Patriots last season after breaking into the league with the New York Jets his first three NFL seasons as an undrafted free agent out of UMass.

Ihedigbo started 12 games last season for Patriots after injuries and roster decisions forced him into the starting lineup.

Ihedigbo will immediately provide depth behind starters Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard, and will also be an veteran option along with safety Sean Considine, who has suffered two concussions since signing with the Ravens.

Ihedigbo also has been a strength on special teams, and is likely a move to replace safety Emanuel Cook, who was in the Ravens’ plans before he suffered a season-ending leg injury in preseason.