Oakland Raiders cornerback Michael Huff (24) breaks up the pass intended for Denver Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme (84). Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers should shy away from Michael Huff and use the draft to pick a youngster


I don’t know much about Michael Huff, the available safety released recently by the Oakland Raiders and on the Green Bay Packers radar as a possible addition to their roster.

According to reports today, Huff met with the Cowboys and is considering visits to Baltimore and Green Bay.

Though the Packers have been mentioned as one of the teams interested in Huff’s services along with the Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens, my hope is that Green Bay shies away from him for two reasons.

Number one, he most likely will be demanding money the Packers shouldn’t expend at this point, and number two, if the Packers are considering adding a safety or two, they should look to the NFL Draft. There is a wealth of 22- or 23-year-old studs out there that have most likely caught the attention of Packers GM Ted Thompson.

Huff, a 30-year-old 2006 seventh round pick, has spent all seven years of his career in Oakland. During his time there, he had 11 interceptions, 5.5 sacks, 55 passes defensed and four forced fumbles. Decent stats, but not the overwhelming kind that would make TT jump. Besides, we all know that Dallas and Baltimore have bigger issues at safety than the Packers.

I really like Matt Elam, Kenny Vaccaro, and Jonathan Cyprien. Though Elam and Vaccaro will most likely be gone by the time the Packers select at 26, if Thompson has a choice and wants to take a safety, there will be plenty on the board for him.

He can do much better with one of these younger guys than someone who will demand millions and may only be around for a couple of seasons.

Thompson is a value guy. Here’s to hoping he sees the value in the draft picks over the free agent in this case.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.rochon.7 Scott Rochon

    You admit to not knowing about Huff, but you’re sure he’s not for the Packers?

  • realpacfan44

    Smh another dumb article.

  • GorillaNation

    Yeah, so how did last year’s safeties work out again?
    ALL-TIME PATHETIC, record-setting ZERO combined interceptions. Two starters from the safety position, Jerron McMillian and MD Jennings were both cut, set-free, given away since.
    The Packers should have signed Huff even though he didn’t do anything with the Ravens or Broncos, but he also didn’t cost much. He made well under a million.
    They should bring him in now actually as he’d again get the vet minimum.
    This guy had elite speed and size combo. He’s only missed four games in his 8 year career. He’d be an immediate upgrade over the garbage they have now at safety. Whether he blossoms into anything great (like projected for him in that draft), good, or average, it’s well worth the risk and there’s plenty of possible reward.