It is being reported that free agent safety Michael Huff has a visit scheduled with the Green Bay Packers later this week. Huff has previously spent all of his seven seasons in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders, who selected him with the seventh overall pick in the 2006 draft (just two spots after the Packers selected linebacker A.J. Hawk).
Huff has already met with the Dallas Cowboys and keep in mind that he grew up in Texas and starred with the Longhorns during his college days. But Dallas has salary cap issues and can’t sign Huff right now. He is also scheduled to meet with the defending champion Baltimore Ravens this week. Huff recently turned 30, which in NFL terms is when players tend to gain the “aging” moniker. If signed by the Packers, he would bring some experience to a secondary that just got a lot younger with the departure of long-time veteran Charles Woodson.
Currently, the Packers have Morgan Burnett, M.D. Jennings, Jerron McMillian and Sean Richardson as true safeties on their roster. If you count the 2010 season that Burnett missed most of due to injury, that’s a combined eight years worth of experience. They certainly have enough men, but do they lack some savvy with such a green group at the safety position? If so, is Huff the answer?
Let’s take a look at a little Packers history first. Prior to the 2006 season, Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson was gearing up for the team’s first season under his new head coach, Mike McCarthy. Ted was still working with some of the leftovers from the Mike Sherman era and needed to turn around a team that had finished 4-12 the year prior.
The team needed defensive help but more so, they needed leadership. At the time, Woodson was a free agent after spending his first eight seasons with the Raiders. The Raiders weren’t interested in bringing him back and he was getting next to no interest on the open market. Woodson was 29 years old, coming off of an injury and there were concerns about his ability to play at a high level again. Woodson had a few offers, but none near what he was looking for. Thompson entered the fray and was the highest bidder.