Ravens to sign safety Huff

Ravens to sign safety Huff
March 27, 2013, 1:00 pm
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Harbaugh excited by Michael Huff signing

The Ravens continued their defensive makeover on Wednesday, agreeing in principle to a deal with free agent safety Michael Huff. Terms were not disclosed, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the package to be three years and $6 million.

The team confirmed the agreement, which will help a secondary that lost both its starting safeties from last year. Ed Reed departed as a free agent, and Bernard Pollard was released.

Huff, 29, was a first-round draft pick by the Raiders in 2006 and has played seven seasons, all with Oakland.  He was released by the Raiders earlier this month in a salary purge.

Huff has played primarily free safety in his career and is the likely successor to Reed in the back of the Ravens secondary. But the 6-foot, 200-pound Huff started 14 games at cornerback this past season for Oakland, and his versatility is a plus. Huff finished the season with 71 tackles, two interceptions and a career-high 15 passes defensed.

Huff has played in 108 career games, with 453 tackles, 11 interceptions and 5 1/2 sacks.

Huff, a Texas native who in 2005 became the first Longhorns player to win the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back, also visited his hometown Cowboys.

The deal also seems to follow the Ravens mission this offseason to get younger and faster on defense, and Huff checks in quite a bit cheaper than Reed, who signed a reported three-year, $15 million deal with Houston.

The Ravens re-signed safety James Ihedigbo earlier this month, but the remaining safeties on the roster, such as Christian Thompson and Omar Brown, are unproven and the Ravens have been in the market for an experienced alternative.

The Ravens have lost six starters from their Super Bowl defense, but now have signed four free agents on defense, including Huff, linebacker Elvis Dumervil and defensive linemen Chris Canty and Marcus Spears.