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Digs wants to return, thinks Jets on verge

New York Jets' James Ihedigbo celebrates a tackle

New York Jets' James Ihedigbo celebrates a tackle during the second quarter of an NFL football game between the Houston Texans and the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Photo Credit: AP Photo/Seth Wenig

James Ihedigbo is just one of many players in limbo, unaware of exactly where he'll call home and do his thing in 2011.

The reserve safety and key special teams contributor is technically a restricted free agent under terms of the old collective bargaining agreement, and wasn't handed a high level tender by the Jets. Instead, he was given the right of first refusal, the lowest possible delegation.

Still, Ihedigbo has his eyes set on a return to the Jets, although he did say he's on the radar of a couple of other teams as well.

"I love playing for Rex. I love my teammates," Ihedigbo told me. "I love everything that we have going here in New York and I would love to play for the Jets. At the same time, I have made a name for myself in this league and I’d be wrong to say that there weren't other teams interested in me.

"So it’s really just what works out best. I want to be a part of the team, and I want to come back and play for the Jets. There's no question about that."

That's so Ihedigbo, who posted career highs with 22 tackles and three sacks last season, can help put the finishing touches on the job he expects to be completed in the extremely near future. Let's just say he's taking the cue from his brash coach.

"We’re minutes away from winning a Super Bowl," Ihedigbo said. "There’s no doubt about that in any of our minds. We’re minutes away from a Super Bowl. We are bringing back the right guys, and hopefully getting few more key pieces in the process to make this thing happen."

But in the meantime, he'll continue working out with his personal trainer in New Jersey. He's also spent time getting it in with a few members of the Texans while visiting his family in Houston.

"It's really just about staying in shape, and really seeing what happens," he said. "At this point, there’s a lot of pride that's in the way of getting this lockout thing done. So hopefully, it gets done sooner than later."

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