It’s not often a Raider is welcomed into Broncos Country, but when they come with the mission of helping the Broncos and taking down the Raiders (eventually), you’ll be willing to make an exception.
With the stunning news of Rahim Moore’s rare leg injury placing him on the injured reserve/recall list, the Broncos had to get a veteran presence in the defensive backfield in his place and the guy they brought in was Michael Huff, a former first round pick of the late Al Davis.
The Raiders let Huff go after an up-and-down career with the team, and he was cut after signing a pretty modest three year contract with the Baltimore Ravens.
Being that Huff already had some guaranteed money in his contract from a signing bonus, the Broncos likely got him at a bargain basement price. Huff had previously worked out for the Bengals and Cowboys after being waived by the Ravens at the end of October. He struggled to see the field for the Ravens and when he did, he wasn’t very good.
The Broncos are hoping Huff’s experience on the back end and perhaps some adjusted expectations of his role on the team can allow him to be a solid contributor down the stretch for a very talented, very deep secondary. The Broncos have a lot of guys at the safety position with experience, but not many of them have proven to be overly reliable options for long periods of time back there.
Over the course of the last four years with the Raiders, Huff had 10 interceptions and three forced fumbles, so the Broncos are obviously hoping he can come in and make some plays on the ball.
Prior to his struggles with the Ravens, Huff (30) was expected to be a very solid addition to the Baltimore defense, some even thinking that the price at which they got him he could be a younger, cheaper, near upgrade to what they had previously had.
Now he joins a Broncos defense that already has veterans Quentin Jammer, Champ Bailey, and Mike Adams. One thing that Huff brings to the table is versatility. He has started in the NFL at both cornerback and safety, though he’s a safety by trade.
Huff’s versatility will be key for a Broncos secondary that has a lot of moving parts. The more ways Huff can contribute, the more likely he is to get on the field. It will be interesting to see if the Broncos activate him for their game on Sunday night against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
Huff will wear number 29 with the Broncos.
Welcome to the Broncos, Mr. Huff.