Well, Oakland managed to retain one of the members of their starting secondary. Unfortunately it wasn’t Nnamdi Asomugha. He’s comfortable in the ever-sunny city of Philadelphia $60-million richer. So Michael Huff will have to do for a free agency door prize.
Early in the offseason it seemed unlikely the Raiders would retain the services of Huff. There was plenty of speculation that Huff would have an NFL homecoming by reuniting with Rob Ryan in Dallas. Clearly there either wasn’t enough money to be found in the Huff market or just not enough suitors.
ESPN reports the Raiders re-signing of Huff whose financial figures have yet to be released.
After a bitterly disappointing start to his career Huff has made major strides the last two years. Don’t get me wrong, Huff is still a disaster when it comes to open field tackling. He routinely takes terrible angles and despite being a veteran that has played plenty of football in his life he still makes weak attempts to arm tackle ball carriers.
However Huff has become a big play safety capable of creating turnovers and causing havoc thanks to his athletic prowess. The Raiders have tried Huff in almost every role possible without any truly suiting his talents. Still, the former 7th overall selection in the draft has been much improved from his days of making Warren Sapp vomit.
That the Raiders would re-commit to Huff says a lot about both their current options at safety and those on the free agent market.
Initially it was reported that the Raiders were peering across the Bay at 9ers safety Dashon Goldson. Then there is word of Tyvon Branch getting a look at free safety. Before the lockout began the Raiders gave Hiram Eugene an inexplicable 4-year deal worth up to $12-million. Lost in this entire shuffle is Mike Mitchell who, it would appear, is not as highly regarded by the coaching staff.
With Huff back in the mix the Raiders are either settling for a known commodity or simply unimpressed by the unknowns on the open market. Whatever the case Huff is the latest in a long line of Raiders to re-commit to excellence.