The Green Bay Packers are reportedly among a handful of teams interested in adding a former first-round safety currently available on the open market.
According to Aaron Wilson of Scout.com and the Baltimore Sun, Green Bay, Tennessee, Dallas and Baltimore have all expressed interest in former Oakland Raiders safety Michael Huff, who was released by Oakland in a salary-purging move last week.
Ravens among those interested in safety michael huff as well as dallas cowboys green bay packers and tennessee titans per a league source
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 18, 2013
The Raiders drafted Huff, who turned 30 years old earlier this month, with the seventh overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft. In his seven years in Oakland, Huff recorded 11 interceptions, 5.5 sacks, 55 passes defensed and four forced fumbles.
He intercepted three passes, forced three fumbles and had four sacks in 2010, Huff’s best professional season. He was named a second-team All-Pro safety for his efforts.
For various reasons, Huff hasn’t had the same type of elite impact since.
Mostly a starting free safety with the Raiders, Huff (6-0, 211 lbs.) was forced to transition to cornerback early last season when injuries decimated Oakland’s depth chart. He allowed 710 yards and six touchdowns as a cornerback, but Huff’s willingness to play multiple positions could be enticing for NFL teams.
When push came to shove, the Raiders had to make a business decision against a high-character member of their locker room.
Despite Huff being named the Raiders’ Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2012, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie was forced to make the cut to help get a still-chaotic salary cap situation in Oakland figured out. Huff was scheduled to make $8 million in total salary in 2013.
At the right price, Huff could combine with Morgan Burnett in Green Bay to provide a fast, complementary safety duo.
However, the interest from three other teams—with at least two (Dallas, Baltimore) having pressing needs at safety—suggests Huff might command a market outside of Green Bay’s monetary range.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.