There are numerous reasons why former Oakland Raiders defensive back Michael Huff appears to be a natural fit in Dallas, as the Cowboys transition to a 4-3 scheme under new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.
But if the Cowboys are looking to sign the one-time All Pro safety, they must be expeditious. Although Huff would like to return home to join the Cowboys, the former University of Texas All-American insists he won't wait for Dallas to resolve a complicated cap situation if a better offer materializes.
The Cowboys are roughly only $100,000 under the salary cap, according to reports, as the team tries to free space to sign Lions linebacker Justin Durant. The signings of free agents from other teams could hinge on Dallas' ability to restructure Tony Romo's contract in the coming weeks. The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback is set to cost $16.8 million against the Cowboys' cap in 2013. The Cowboys could also lock up defensive end Anthony Spencer with a long-term deal before the start of OTAs. Dallas used the franchise tag on Spencer this month.
Huff, a three-year standout at Nimitz High School in nearby Irving, Texas, trains frequently in the Dallas area in the offseason. With physical cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne used often in press coverage, the Cowboys could use a rangy safety like Huff who can quickly cover ground in Kiffin's defense. The need became more pronounced after the release of former safety Gerald Sensabaugh before the start of free agency.
This week Huff is expected to meet with the Ravens, which have a glaring need at safety after the loss of Ed Reed to the Texans. The Packers and Titans have also reportedly expressed interest in the veteran safety, according to the Baltimore Sun.
The versatile defensive back moved to corner last year after the Raiders suffered a rash of injuries in the secondary. In 2011, Huff ranked in the top 25 in run support among safeties who appeared in at least 50 percent of their team's defensive snaps.
The Cowboys ranked 19th in the NFL against the pass in 2012 but had the lowest interception rate in the league.
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