Harbaugh excited by Michael Huff signing
Michael Huff isn't trying to replace Ed Reed. Nor are the Ravens expecting him to. But the signing of Huff gives the Ravens a solid veteran to help fill the hole left by Reed.
Huff, a seven-year veteran who signed a three-year deal with the Ravens Wednesday, is ready to step in at safety. The Ravens have lost Reed and Bernard Pollard from last year's team in that spot and were looking for a veteran to fit in there.
Reed left to go to Houston, and Huff knows who he's replacing. In fact, he texted back and forth with Reed this week when deciding to become a Raven.
At his introductory press conference Wednesday, Huff said he doesn't want the Ravens to experience any drop-off at the safety position.
"[Reed is] one of the greatest, if not the greatest free safety that ever played the game," Huff said. "I talked to him last night and just told him i'd carry on his legacy, carry on the tradition [of] great safeties here in Baltimore."
The 30-year old Huff played his entire career with the Raiders after coming to Oakland as a first-round pick (seventh overall) in the 2006 draft. He's posted 11 interceptions, 453 tackles and 5 1/2 sacks in 108 career games. Huff actually started 14 games at cornerback in 2012 and said he'd play wherever the Ravens need.
Huff said coming to a winning team like the Ravens will smooth the adjustment from Oakland to Baltimore.
"When you're winning, it makes things a lot easier," Huff said. "I'm going to go out here and win, make plays and just help this team however I can."
Coach John Harbaugh said he's very happy to get Huff for the 2013 season. The Ravens have lost a number of player but now are starting to replace them in a good way.
"He fits us football-wise and technique-wise," Harbaugh said. "He's going to enable us to keep doing the things on defense that we've been doing and even build on those things. You're talking about a great athlete."