Late Tuesday night, news broke that Detroit Lions safety James Ihedigbo is unhappy with his contract. He is so unhappy with it that he is going to forego a workout bonus and hold out of offseason traning until he gets a new contract. Ihedigbo, 32, signed a 2 year deal last offseason with Detroit in attempt to land a starting job in the NFL. Not only did he start for the Lions, he played at an exceptional level given his pay. The problem for Ihedigbo though is that while he was hurt at the beginning of the season, Isa Abdul-Quddus played very well as his replacement. Abdul-Quddus was rewarded with a new contract this offseason paying him more money than Ihedigbo is scheduled to get this season. That, according to Detroit Free Press writer Dave Birkett is the source of Ihedigbo’s frustration.
The Detroit Lions are not likely to give into Ihedigbo’s demands as Adbul-Quddus played well enough as a starter for the team to be comfortable with losing Ihedigbo. This news may be even more damaging to Ihedigbo though as the team could choose to draft a safety and use the rookie to replace Ihedigbo on the roster, leaving Abdul-Quddus to start and the rookie to be the backup.