Whether free-agent safety Ed Reed returns to Baltimore, the Ravens are in the midst of a massive defensive makeover. Part of that overhaul could include Michael Huff.
Huff was cut by the Oakland Raiders prior to the start of the free agency signing period, and the Ravens are scheduled to meet with the safety at some point over the next five days, league sources told Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun. He’s also drawn interest form the Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Titans, Wilson notes.
The 30-year-old would likely start for the Ravens, especially if Reed is not re-signed. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported Wednesday that the Ravens are “very pessimistic” about the chances of re-signing the 2004 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, according to sources familiar with the situation.
In addition, Baltimore released strong safety Bernard Pollard March 13, which currently leaves the team without its two starting safeties from this past season’s Super Bowl-winning team.
Huff would immediately provide veteran stability to the back end of the Ravens’ defense. The most experienced safety is reserve James Ihedigbo, who signed a one-year contract last week to remain with the Ravens. Of the current safeties on the team, he’s the only with any starting experience having started 15 games during five NFL seasons.
Huff provides positional versatility, considering he’s played both safety positions and cornerback during his seven-year career. After Oakland’s two starting cornerbacks, Ron Bartell and Shawntae Spencer, suffered injuries last season, Huff was inserted at cornerback before a Week Three victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The 6-foot, 211-pound Huff finished the season with a 56 tackles, two interceptions and a team-high 13 pass deflections — despite lacking experience at cornerback.
For his career, the former University of Texas All-American standout, has 438 tackles, 55 pass deflections, 11 interceptions, 5.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.