The Dallas Cowboys had their share of problems over the season, from losing star quarterback Tony Romo to having one of the worst secondaries in the NFL. The lockout might be the worst thing that has happened to the Cowboys thus far.
With their many glaring needs, free agency was going to be a big deal for this team and a way to immediately upgrade some positions. One of those positions is safety. They had first-year starter Alan Ball who barely made any impact on the defense.
Michael Huff just so happens to be available and the connection with Dallas seems like a match made in heaven.
Huff is a Texas boy. He played his high school ball there and he had a very successful career at the University of Texas. He was a Jim Thorpe Award winner and he was a member of their national championship team that beat the USC Trojans. He was then selected seventh overall by the Oakland Raiders in the 2006 NFL Draft.
Huff started his career off rather slowly and many were starting to consider him a bust after he was benched in favor of Hiram Eugene. That talk ended after a tremendous 2010 season which saw him post career highs in tackles (94), sacks (4), forced fumbles (3) and tying a career high in interceptions (3).
Huff was also voted as a Second Team All-Pro for the first time in his career. His price tag may have risen a bit coming off such a good season, but has Jerry Jones ever been one to be tedious with money. Plus, Dallas can not afford go another season with inexperienced guys manning center field.
Who needs who more?
Huff has some ties to the Dallas Cowboys as new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan held the same position in Oakland for Huff's first few seasons. Ryan was the one who actually benched Huff in favor of Eugene.
With the possibility of playing again in Ryan's scheme and in his home state, this could be a match made in heaven for Huff. Ryan likes guys who are very versatile and Huff is just that—he could play both safety positions and he has the ability to play some corner with his athleticism.
The Dallas Cowboys struggled all season in pass coverage and a guy like Huff would be an immediate and much-needed upgrade. Since Huff is starting to have success, I believe that the Cowboys need Huff more than he needs them. By bringing Huff in, the Cowboys would be able to move Ball back to corner, if they re-sign him, and add more depth there.
Huff would also allow the team to go out and draft another safety to play alongside him, and would be able to teach the rookie. They could also bring back Gerald Sensabaugh to play opposite Huff, which could make for a solid tandem and allow Sensabaugh to play closer to the line where he seems most comfortable.
One thing that stands out about Michael Huff is how athletic he is. This guy could play any position in the secondary and do rather well. He is a playmaker and bringing him back home would be a huge acquisition for a team that has been looking for a big time safety since the days of Darren Woodson.
Huff could be a guy that comes to Dallas and never leaves, but with no CBA in place we can only dream of what could be right now.