The Dallas Cowboys had a shot at signing former Oakland Raiders free safety Michael Huff, because there was mutual interest in getting a deal done. However, the Cowboys did not have the cap space, and they had to settle with signing veteran safety Will Allen earlier today, and they will still have to cut another player in order to finalize their deals with Allen and recently signed linebacker Justin Durant.
Huff met with the Baltimore Ravens and Green Bay Packers in this free agent period as well, and the Ravens have officially announced the signing of Huff today. The 30-year-old is a solid addition for the Ravens, who are looking to replace the consistency Ed Reed brought to the free safety position for a very long time.
While Huff definitely isn’t the household name that Ed Reed was, he is a very good safety in his own right and a solid pick-up for the Ravens overall. The Texas product will get a three-year deal from the Ravens, and they were able to sign him over several other teams (like the Tennessee Titans and St. Louis Rams) that were interested in Huff’s services.
He is a great addition for a Ravens team that sorely needed a safety after losing Reed to the Houston Texans, and Huff had a good career with the Raiders. A versatile defensive back, Huff even played at cornerback last season for the Raiders due to injuries, and he held his own in coverage at a position that wasn’t ideal for him. At safety, Huff should continue to be one of the better players in the league at the position, and it’s tough not to like this deal for the Ravens. There were no better alternatives, and Huff is a very good safety in his own right.
An important item to note is that Ozzie Newsome has always been a fan of Michael Huff, and this dates back to when Huff was coming into the draft in the mid-2000s out of Texas. Ravens fans are certainly thrilled to hear that the team has signed to star AFC West defensive players in Elvis Dumervil and Huff this week.
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