Earlier today in a somewhat surprising move, the Baltimore Ravens cut veterans FS Michael Huff and DE Marcus Spears. Both guys were signed in a very busy offseason for the Ravens after quite a big exodus of their Super Bowl-winning roster. Safeties Omar Brown and Brynden Trawick were promoted from the practice squad to fill the vacant roster spots.
The moves were made to help struggling special teams coverage units and Spears was likely cut because he was expendable at a deep position at the time. Huff is a different story, though, he was cut because he sucks. The question remains, is Huff the biggest free agent bust of all time history for the Ravens franchise? Let’s take a look at some other busts and see how Huff compares.
Housh will forever be known as the guy that dropped a wide-open pass in the devastating 2010 Divisional Playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. In his defense, though, he also had a game-winning TD catch against the Steelers in the regular season.
Searcy was signed in 2001 after the Ravens first Super Bowl win in 2000. The idea of having Searcy play opposite the great Jonathan Ogden had Ravens fans salivating. A freakish triceps injury in training camp put Searcy on the shelf for the entire year. He never played a single down for the Ravens.
I hated this signing at the time. Foxworth was probably a No. 3 CB at best who got No. 1-type money. In 2009, he started every game and had some moderate success. He missed the entire 2010 season with a torn ACL and played just two games in 2011 before the Ravens took him out Old Yeller style. Just kidding, he was put on season ending IR and retired in 2012.
For those of you asking why Lee Evans wasn’t included, because he wasn’t a free agent signing, he was acquired in a trade. Many would consider Elvis Grbac a huge bust as well, but not me. He still helped the Ravens to 10-6 record and a playoff win without Searcy and star running back Jamal Lewis.
Out of all of those options, I believe that Huff is the biggest bust. He was signed in hopes of trying to replace the great Ed Reed, but failed miserably as he was benched in favor of rookie Matt Elam after the first game. On special teams, he blew an assignment that gave the Steelers good field position which led to their game-winning field goal drive. You know what? I can’t believe I’m doing this, but I’m changing my mind mid-typing. Searcy is my pick for biggest bust of all time. At least Huff played and wasn’t paid that much (three years, $6 million). Searcy got six years for $31 million and never even played a down.
Ladies and Gentlemen. Your biggest Ravens free agent bust of all time is Searcy. Huff, much like his time with the Ravens, was born to runner up.
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