Sep 5, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Baltimore Ravens free safety Michael Huff (29) in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
It’s pretty obvious now the Cincinnati Bengals are in the market for a defensive back after losing cornerback Leon Hall and safety Taylor Mays within the past three weeks, and former Baltimore Ravens safety Michael Huff may be on their radar:
The former top-10 pick of the Oakland Raiders appeared in seven games with one start after signing a three-year contract worth $6 million this past offseason to replace Ed Reed, but was replaced by rookie first-round pick Matt Elam by Week 2 and saw limited action since.
Huff’s play on defense hasn’t been what it should be for a player making that much money, but it was actually his lack of an impact on special teams that helped lead to his release.
No one else on the 53-man roster or on the practice squad will play as well as Huff can, which isn’t that of a game-changer, but enough to overcome the loss of Mays. It also gives the Bengals an insider’ look at the team they’re fighting for the AFC North crown with.