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Baltimore Ravens Sign Safety/Cornerback Michael Huff

The former Raider was scheduled to visit Green Bay before today's signing.

Kevin C. Cox

On Tuesday, reports started swirling that defensive back Michael Huff was making the free agent rounds. Huff spent the past seven seasons playing primarily safety for the Oakland Raiders after playing his college ball at Texas. What was interesting to Green Bay Packers fans is that after meeting with the Dallas Cowboys, Huff was reportedly going to be making visits to Baltimore and Green Bay to meet with the Ravens and Packers.

Huff never made it to Green Bay, as the Ravens signed him to a contract today in order to help offset the loss of both of their starting safeties. Huff signed a three-year contract to join the defending Super Bowl champions, meaning the Packers will continue on their previously projected course: using some combination of M.D. Jennings, Jerron McMillian, Sean Richardson, and potentially a rookie draft pick at the strong safety spot opposite Morgan Burnett.

Huff's versatility would likely have come in handy in Green Bay, as he played both safety positions as well as cornerback during his time in Oakland. It seems likely that he will play safety in Baltimore, as Lardarius Webb will return from injury to play cornerback while Jimmy Smith will likely take over the other starting cornerback role.

Ultimately it makes sense for Huff to sign with Baltimore, a team which needs him far more than Green Bay does. Huff may have been a likely starter at safety for the Packers, but he will be all but guaranteed the starting gig in Baltimore.