The Baltimore Ravens added another piece to their defense, signing former Oakland Raiders safety Michael Huff to a three year-contract worth $6 million.
It’s another move born of fiscal necessity for the Ravens, who waited patiently until the free-agent market stabilized and then managed to find upgrades, whether through a stroke of luck (Elvis Dumervil and the world’s worst fax machine) or astute assessment. Gee, you’d think Ozzie Newsome has done this before.
Ozzie is quietly making moves
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) March 27, 2013
Huff, a 2006 first-round pick by the Raiders, drew interest from the Dallas Cowboys, too, but their salary-cap situation has not been resolved. Although Huff’s performance may have slipped a bit over the last couple years, the Ravens waited and got a player of value that they liked back in ’06, when they drafted Haloti Ngata.
The Ravens may have made headlines as player after player departed, but there was a larger plan, according to the NFL Network’s Albert Breer, in place all along to revamp the NFL’s 20th-ranked defense. So Ray Lewis retired and Danell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger, Ed Reed, Bernard Pollard and Cary Williams left as free agents. Now, with the signings and 12 picks in a draft that has strong players up the middle, the Ravens’ position suddenly doesn’t look so dire for 2013.
Not saying the Ravens’ strategy will be a home run. And the cap situation certainly forced some of it (Ellerbe). But there’s a method to it.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 26, 2013