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James Ihedigbo reports for Lions' OTAs

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Safety James Ihedigbo has been absent this offseason as he tries to get a new contract, but he returned to the Detroit Lions on Tuesday for their OTAs.

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Detroit Lions safety James Ihedigbo decided to skip the team's voluntary workouts earlier this offseason over his contract. To put it simply, he wants a new contract because he feels his play from last season warrants an adjustment. The Lions, on the other hand, don't seem interested in making any changes to his deal. As a result, Ihedigbo decided to stay away from the Lions' voluntary workouts to make a point.

OTAs, which began on Tuesday, are also technically voluntary, but it turns out that Ihedigbo has in fact reported for them. Dave Birkett first broke the news, and the Lions tweeted out a picture confirming Ihedigbo's return:

As far as we know, nothing has changed with Ihedigbo's contract situation, but attending OTAs seems like a wise move on his part. Perhaps the Lions have no intention of altering his deal no matter what happens, but Ihedigbo would have really been risking his starting job by giving Isa Abdul-Quddus a chance to run with the starters. And, if nothing else, Ihedigbo showing up for these voluntary workouts is a show of good faith, and this course of action seems much more likely to result in a new contract than staying at home away from the team.