Originally written on Packer Update  |  Last updated 11/9/14

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 13: Safety Michael Huff #24 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after making an interception against the Dallas Cowboys during the preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 13, 2009 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
The Raiders released veteran defensive back Michael Huff earlier in the month According to a published report, the Packers are among 4 teams to express interest in 30-year-old defensive back Michael Huff. I’m not going to get excited since the odds are very much against Ted Thompson outbidding 3 of his colleagues for a free agent, but if Green Bay’s sometimes maddeningly consistent general manager was ever going to break from his routine, this would be the perfect time to do so. While watching video of his teammate, defensive lineman Desmond Bryant, I kept being distracted by the superb play of Huff. And you know what was most impressive? He was taking the majority of his snaps at cornerback. Because of injuries, the former Texas star was asked to switch positions early in the season, and he made the difficult transition look easy. In fact, he played a lot better than Tramon Williams. If – and it’s obviously a gigantic if – the Packers sign Huff, he’d start immediately at safety opposite Morgan Burnett. The former Raider isn’t a Pro Bowler by any means, but he’s been a consistently good performer for years. And as an extra added bonus, he can play the slot in the dime package if needed. Charles Woodson and Jerron McMillian lined up there last season, but neither has the coverage skills of Huff. Huff isn’t going to sign for peanuts, but he’s not going to command a big contract in what has been a fairly soft market for defensive backs. And while I know Thompson is saving as much cap space as he can for Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews, there’s more than enough wiggle room to add at least one second-tier free agent – especially if that free agent has a chance to make an impact on the defense. And in my opinion, Huff would help the Packers more in 2013 than either Greg Jennings or Steven Jackson.
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