The Ravens have spent much of the offseason retooling their defense, focusing on pass rushers up front. Now, general manager Ozzie Newsome has added a veteran safety to the defensive backfield.
Michael Huff, who had spent his entire career with the Oakland Raiders, agreed in principle to a contract this afternoon. Terms of the three-year deal are unknown.
The 29-year-old Huff was drafted seventh overall by the Raiders out of Texas in 2006. In college, he won the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back, while helping the Longhorns to the national championship.
In 108 career NFL games, including 93 starts, Huff has posted 453 tackles (370 solo), 11 interceptions (75 return yards) and 57 passes defensed. The 6-foot, 211-pounder has also added 5.5 sacks (-24.5 yards), four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery during his career.
Huff started all 16 games during the 2012 season, 14 at cornerback and two at free safety while the Raiders were dealing with early-season injuries. He had 71 tackles (46 solo), two interceptions and a career-high 15 passes defensed.
The signing of Huff comes after the Ravens inked defensive ends Elvin Dumervil and Marcus Spears, and defensive tackle Chris Canty as free agents.