By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
8:01 AM EDT, March 25, 2013
Before his pending meeting with the Ravens later this week, former Oakland Raiders safety Michael Huff is set to visit his hometown Dallas Cowboys today, according to league sources with knowledge of the situation.
Huff has been on the Ravens' radar since being cut by the Raiders prior to the start of the free agency signing period. He was due a $4 million base salary and a $4 million roster bonus in 2013 on his $32 million Raiders contract, carrying a hefty $11.288 million salary-cap figure for this fiscal year.
The Cowboys aren't in a financial position to sign Huff immediately because of their ultra-cramped salary-cap situation. They have just $126,00 available under the NFL limit of $123 million.
The Ravens have salary-cap space, at roughly $4.707 million under the limit once they officially sign former Denver Broncos Pro Bowl pass rusher Elvis Dumervil. Dumervil has agreed in principle to a five-year contract worth up to $35 million that includes a first-year salary-cap figure of $2.5 million through a $1 million base salary and a $7.5 million signing bonus for a total first-year payout of $8.5 million. He's scheduled to undergo a physical Tuesday at team headquarters and then sign his contract.
Huff is a 30-year-old former Texas standout who grew up in Irving, Texas, where he was a high school football and track star. He has written about his interest in the Ravens and Cowboys on his verified Twitter account.
The Ravens could use a veteran presence at free safety after former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Ed Reed signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Houston Texans and cut strong safety Bernard Pollard, who joined the Tennessee Titans last week on a one-year, $2.5 million deal.
Huff is a 2006 Raiders first-round draft pick (seventh overall) who has also drawn interest from the Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans, but the Cowboys and Ravens have been the most involved potential suitors so far.
Huff recorded 56 tackles, two interceptions and 13 pass deflections last season.
In seven NFL seasons, the 6-foot, 211-pounder has totaled 438 career tackles, 11 interceptions, 55 pass deflections and four forced fumbles. Huff is experienced, having started 93 career games.
The Cowboys are also meeting with former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Will Allen today and linebacker Justin Durant.
Allen hasn't emerged as a target for the Ravens.
The Ravens were talking with former Steelers linebacker James Harrison, but have filled their pass-rushing role and replaced outside linebacker Paul Kruger, who led Baltimore with nine sacks last season before signing a $40.5 million contract with the Cleveland Browns.
When asked about the Ravens' job opportunity closing, Harrison's agent, Bill Parise, confirmed that was the case, adding: "We've got some other teams that are interested."