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Free-Agent S Michael Huff Has Visit Set with Green Bay

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Free-Agent S Michael Huff Has Visit Set with Green Bay

What began as interest has reportedly blossomed into a visit for free-agent safety Michael Huff and the Green Bay Packers.

According to Clarence Hill of Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Huff has a visit set with both the Packers and Baltimore Ravens after meeting with the Dallas Cowboys Monday. The former Texas safety was in attendance at the Longhorns Pro Day Tuesday.

Huff, 30, has 11 interceptions and 5.5 sacks over seven NFL seasons. He was drafted seventh overall by the Oakland Raiders in the 2006 NFL draft.

While the Cowboys remain the front-runner to land Huff, who is from the Dallas area, the current salary cap problems for the Cowboys could mean Huff has to look elsewhere. Dallas has just over $100,000 in available cap space as of Tuesday, and Huff may not want to wait around for more room to clear.

The Packers have roughly $20 million in cap space and a potential need at safety. Teaming the athletic Huff—who played some cornerback for the Raiders in 2012—with starter Morgan Burnett could be an attractive safety combination, at least on paper.

Zach Kruse is a 24-year-old sports writer who contributes to Cheesehead TV, Bleacher Report and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also covers prep sports for the Dunn Co. News. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at zachkruse2@gmail.com.

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Evan's picture

Two things.

1. A visit is certainly more concrete than these vague "have interest in" reports we've been hearing.

2. "The Packers have roughly $20 million in cap space and a potential need at safety." Isn't that closer to $15 mil after Francois and Brad Jones?

jmac34's picture

Kind of funny that dallas already has "promised" to sign Justin Durant. I honestly think Bal. has the best chance at signing him followed by GB because they actually have money where Dallas does not

Evan's picture

And an even bigger need after losing Reed and Pollard.

Kgnfl1's picture

Why even bother posting this lol it just hurts my heart when we don't sign him. But me being optimistic for a minute, I hope we do sign him. I love his coverage ability even though he can be a tad timid when tackling but our coaching could improve that. Go pack!

Drealyn Williams's picture

Lol,our coaches can? Ha!

Stroh's picture

Yeah thats exactly what we need more DB's that are afraid to tackle. He's a perfect fit then.

Drealyn Williams's picture

What are the chances that House and Shields are starters week 1? Is it virtually impossible to bench Tramon?

Evan's picture

Not impossible at all. I'd give it maybe a 15% chance of happening, because I'm still holding out hope that his shoulder will fully heal eventually. But House and Shields are both that good.

I feel like if they are both starting Week 1 it'll have more to do with their high level of play than with Williams' struggles.

packeraaron's picture

Not impossible at all. Going to be one of the biggest battles in camp.

Stroh's picture

Kinda depends on Williams shoulder. If its truly 100% he'll be a starter but if not there's a very real chance Shields and House are starters. Say bout 30 -35%.

Evan's picture

Oh, I forgot to add. While I like his size and versatility, 11 interceptions and 5.5 sacks over 7 NFL seasons seems rather pedestrian to me.

Stroh's picture

Exactly my thoughts. Is he really worth signing? Sure would appease fans desperate for any FA, most of them. But he just doesn't improve the team very much over Jennings and McMillan. And I'm hardly a fan of either. Only thing is means a safety can be off the draft list. Not much to gain IMO.

ted, of bill and ted's picture

i don't know much about huff (outside of recognizing the name) but do we know when the int's and sacks came? maybe he had a minimal amount over four years and then had much more the last 3...the point being that maybe he took a few years to get up to speed and then became an effective starter

Evan's picture

I went ahead and looked it up and you're actually 100% right. 1 int first 3 years, 10 over the last 4. 1 sack over first 3 years, 4.5 over the 4 (4 in 2010, none last 2 years, but I guess he was playing a lot more CB, especially last year).

ted, of bill and ted's picture

yesss where is fitz, i need him to acknowledge my redemption, after my noob dumervil question a few weeks ago lmao

Stroh's picture

Still 2.5 INT's per year for the past 4 yrs is nothing to get excited about is it? He's not a Collins replacement thats for sure, only in terms of a body on the field. Let Dallas or Balt pay him 4M per or whatever he's looking for. If its a million per INT I might be interested.

devil doc's picture

I'll get excited when TT actually signs him.

Matt's picture

Not going to happen! TT won't be able to get him cheap enough for his taste.

Evan's picture

It certainly helps that the other two interested teams are pretty tight against the cap. Cowboys are only $100,000 and the Ravens were around $7 mil below before signing Dumervil.

Nononsense's picture

Not gonna turn my nose up at the possiblity of signing Huff but Id like the Pack to take a look at another former Raider, WR Darius Heyward Bey.

I know he has had some trouble catching the ball in the past but his speed alone could open up the field for the other receivers, the TEs and the RBs. Plus this kid hasn't played with anyone near the caliber of Rodgers in his career, Carson Palmer is by far the best QB hes had but even thats not saying much.

Cowboys FA OLB Victor Butler is another guy GB should have a visit with and get a workout in. Hes been everywhere and hasn't found a taker, why not give him a look see.

Stroh's picture

DHB are you kidding?! The safeties are already sitting deep he's not going to do anything to change that. We need to pull the safeties out of 2deep looks by running the ball. That's the ONLY way to open the passing game deep again!

jeremy's picture

Well, I doubt this happens. At least TT doesn't spend money as stupidly as Doug Melvin does.

dawg's picture

Relax--TT only signs FA in August.

MarkinMadison's picture

Is this guy a hitter?

hayward4president's picture

Skip on this guy n grab Elam in the draft! I want a hitter!

Evan's picture

I feel like the Packers already have hitters, no?

Stroh's picture

You do? I think we need more physical players that are hitters. I think we're sorely lacking in that dept.

Evan's picture

I agree they need to get more physical on D, but aren't McMillian and Richardson more hard-hitting, run-stuffing safeties?

Stroh's picture

They are physical players and both are very good athletes too. Problem is both are really inexperienced in coverage and probably need another year before we know know if they can be starters.

Evan's picture

Schefter is reporting that the Cowboys plan to sign former Steelers safety Will Allen. So, I assume, that takes them out of the Huff running.

Rocky70's picture

"Ravens agree to terms with Michael Huff."

TT & GB can't even get some of these dudes into town to even talk about playing for the Pack.

Sure hope TT's draft expertise improves next month. Alot of holes on the 53 with dwindling chances to fix them.

RC Packer Fan's picture

Looks like to me that Huff was using the Packers to get a contract offer elsewhere... Seems to be the theme for free agents.

packeraaron's picture

<em>Sure hope TT’s draft expertise improves next month</em>

Right? 15 out of 22 starters came from the draft. Terrible.

(rollseyes)

Rocky70's picture

Try &amp; dispute this. --- You can't because your view of everything Packer is tainted by your G&amp;G glasses. --- TT has drafted 25 players in the last 3 drafts. --- Five of the 25 have either started or at least have made an impact on the field(to some degree). (Newhouse, Burnett, Bulaga, R. Cobb, Hayward). Only R. Cobb is a legitimate “impact player” out of the five. ---The rest (20 draftees) can be grouped into the following: &gt;&gt;&gt;projects, rotational players, injured or already gone.

packeraaron's picture

Ok, try and dispute this - You can’t because your view of everything Packers is tainted by your hopelessly negative, Chicken Litte worldview when it comes to this team - TT has built a Super Bowl contender using the methods you decry year after year. His team has won a Super Bowl, gone 15-1, won the Division - all by drafting and developing players and NOT overspending on middle-level talent during free agency.

Yes, there are projects and rotational players from the past three drafts. So what? YOU NEED those. There are injured players from the last three drafts? THE HELL YOU SAY! NO other NFL teams have injured players, ONLY Ted Thompson's draft picks.

As always, just keep up the End Is Neigh! nonsense. Ted and the Packers will go out and win 10 to 12 games and be in the mix for a Super Bowl run in January.

Rocky70's picture

Actually, I've picked GB to win the North 3 years running.--- You haven't a clue as to my opinions except what you decide to nit-pick.

You're basing the future on the past. That's dangerous. The NFL is designed for teams to fail &amp; then recover, only to once again fail.

Woodson, Collins, Barnett, Jenkins, Wells, G. Jennings, Flynn, add even B. Jackson, Grant &amp; DD. --- All these players were key during the present playoff runs by GB. -- None are on the 53 anymore. ---- None have been legitimately replaced by TT.

Don't misunderstand. All of the above should be gone, IMO, for various reasons. --- In the meantime, only R. Cobb &amp; possibly Hayward have arrived.

TT is headed for the hot-seat.

cow42's picture

10-12 wins?

um - no way in hell.
go look at the schedule again.... and then go take a good hard look at the Packers' depth chart again.

6-8 wins.

this team's arrow is pointing down hard.

Stroh's picture

Now we know your a troll. No way in hell Thompson's on a hot after winning the SB couple years ago and making the playoffs every year! Teams don't dump successful GMs like that and only a fool would think so! Go away Troll!

jmac34's picture

I think you need to look at the schedule again. The NFCE was not a good division last year and the AFCN is definitely on the downward swing with Pittsburg getting old quickly and the Ravens losing a number of key players including their best WR in Anquan Boldin.

Matt's picture

Another free agent that supposedly the Packers were linked to that signed somewhere else. Yea we know TT is the best GM in the league right now and hits on just about every draft pick. There is nobody better. (rollseyes)

Stroh's picture

Yeah cux that Huff makes so many great plays! Just love signing FA that don't help you win. (Rolls eyes).

cow42's picture

"I think you need to look at the schedule again."

vikings*
vikings
bears*
bears
lions*
lions
falcons*****
eagles*
steelers*
redskins***
ravens********
bengals*
cowboys*
giants****************
49'ers********************************
browns

i actually see 12 losses.

Evan's picture

This seems like a perfect time to point out that cow is roughly 1 for 534,478 in his predictions. Whether he's doing it as part of a bullshit superstition or not, Nostradamus he is not.

Stroh's picture

Your f'in DELLUSIONAL!!! Go Away Troll!

jmac34's picture

haha the Eagles are terrible, the steelers are done, they haven't lost to the bears in 2 years, the lions have no Oline, the redskins will be lucky to have a qb at that point and have no defense, the Vikings still have Ponder as their QB, the Cowboys are not a good team, the Giants are Schizo although they usually play good against GB so I'll give that one to you. The Bengals beat bad teams and lose to good ones, the falcons have not done well the last couple of times GB has played them and GB matches up nicely with them. The Niners obviously have the miss matches so yeah that is probably a loss but the rest are all possible wins. 0 teams from the AFCN and the NFCE had a better record than GB last year

cow42's picture

the Packers would be the 2nd/3rd best team in either the AFCN or NFCE.

this roster is in shambles.
please explain to me how they're going to find starting caliber players at...

rb
te
lt
ilb
s
c
de
k

...all before the season starts.

RC Packer Fan's picture

RB- DuJuan Harris
TE- Jermichael Finley
LT- Marshall Newhouse
ILB- Hawk, Bishop/Smith/Jones
S- Burnett, McMillan/Jennings,other
C- Evan Deitrich-Smith
DE- Ryan Pickett, CJ Wilson/Mike Neal
K- Mason Crosby.

They need to add players yes, But their starters at most of these positions would be starters on other teams. Newhouse is not perfect but is average. EDS, performed well at Center and will start out the season as the starting center.
They need a compliment to DuJuan Harris as a RB. Benson can be brought back. Green will be another year removed from Torn ACL.

They need help at positions, but they are not in dire need. They will compete for the superbowl again.

I see the roster with a maximum of 6 positions up for grabs for starters. RB,LT,C,DE,ILB,S.

cow42's picture

thanks for listing the current starters (duh).

obviously (as you may have surmised from my original post) i do not feel that any of the players you have listed qualify as quality starters (other than pickett - but i said they need a starter at DE not 2... even though pick'll be gone in 2 yrs).

oh - and they haven't been a SB contender since 2010.

jmac34's picture

I guess you ignore the fact that there is this draft thing coming up and that GB had these same holes most of last year and still won 11 games including 5 of 6 in the division

cow42's picture

1 - they "earned" an 11 win season by beating the garbage teams on their schedule and losing to all the actual playoff caliber teams...

seahawks
vikings
colts
giants
49'ers

2 - draft's not gonna help this upcoming season.

jmac34's picture

They beat the Texans, the Vikings, and the Bears, who had a better record than the Giants, twice and that loss to the Seahawks was on the back on a call so awful that the NFL was forced to pay the regular refs to come back the next week

hump's picture

Wake UP!!! I will never deny TT has had his moments...Arod,greg jennings,jordy,cobb,jones, finley,sitton, bulaga ,lang,raji,clay,desmond,nick collins ,tramon,hayward,morgan b,sam s, and yes.... Super Bowl Champs!!! but..... we have the best talent in fckn football minus.... a few huge holes and i'll be dmd!! if that guy wont pay a couple moderate priced free agents to fill glaring needs!!! huff 2mil cullen jenkins 2.8mil, chris canty 2.8mil kenny phillips 2mil now add this all up and its pretty close to jerm finleys salary for the year!!! and even if we keep finley,were still 10 mil under the cap!!! simple truth... ted has had so much smoke blown up his ass about his drafting,that he refuses to sign anyone to fill the gaps, and it has just cost us 2 world championships!!!! and one more on the way!!!!p.s.... m.d. jennings worst starting safety in nfl period!!!

cow42's picture

yes - jennings is garbage.

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