When the Green Bay Packers handed free safety Charles Woodson his walking papers, the team knew they would face a dilemma at the position.
Still, they moved on from the oft-injured veteran and appear to have another option in their crosshairs as we venture into the second week of free agency. According to reports, the Packers are one of four teams that have shown interest in free safety Michael Huff, who was recently released by the Oakland Raiders for salary cap reasons.
Although Huff has failed to live up to his billing as the No. 7 overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, the veteran safety has definitely made his mark. Throughout his first few seasons with the Raiders, he showed promise as a playmaking safety. Whether he was picking off passes or getting his jersey dirty against the run, Huff displayed an outstanding motor and willingness to do whatever the team needed of him.
After injuries crippled the Oakland secondary last season, Huff stepped up and made the move to cornerback. He has also played strong safety throughout his NFL career, so the versatility that he brings should be enticing for the Packers as they try to replace Woodson.
The biggest issue if the Packers really are serious about bringing Huff aboard is money. With several other safety-needy teams (Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys) looking at Huff, the price could be too steep for the Packers. If he comes at the right price, though, the former 2010 All-Pro would be a valuable asset across from strong safety Morgan Burnett.
More than likely, the Packers will wait to see how the market for Huff plays out. If they can get him for a reasonable price, don’t be surprised to see the former Raider donning green and gold in 2013.