There are always those free agent moves that make a person shake their head. I don’t profess to fully know the in-depth reasoning for some of these moves, but the bottom line in most of them is money. Players want more, and teams want to pay less. So today when the Oakland Raiders cut safety Michael Huff and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, I can’t think of a reason they would want to do that other than to save money.
Huff is a very good player. In seven seasons with the Raiders, Huff logged 93 starts, impressive numbers and during that time he was a solid coverage free safety. He even played some cornerback at times in a pinch, and did a good job. I can’t imagine that Huff will be out of work for very long with so many teams who could benefit from a player like him. There are several good safeties on the market, and I’d put Huff right near the top.
Heyward-Bey is a different matter. Ever since DHB was selected with the 7th pick in the 2009 NFL draft, the Raiders became enamored with his elite speed and over-drafted him by a mile. His production has never matched with his draft status and with just over $7 million due this year, the Raiders made a prudent move to cut ties now. I can’t see a huge market for DHB, and he’ll almost certainly have to take a pay cut, but teams covet speed and some coach is going to think they can make him a star.