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Ravens fill void at FS, sign Huff

OWINGS MILLS - The Baltimore Ravens filled their void at free safety Wednesday, agreeing in principle to a three-year deal with former Oakland Raiders free safety Michael Huff.

Huff's deal is worth a total of $6 million.

Huff, 30, spent the first seven seasons of his NFL career with the Raiders, the team that selected him with the seventh overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft. He was released by Oakland earlier this month as part of the team's salary cap purge.

For the Ravens, he provides a proven, experienced and respected replacement at free safety for the recently departed Ed Reed.

Reed signed with the Houston Texans last week and, prior to adding Huff, Baltimore's three most viable in-house candidates to replace him were Christian Thompson, Anthony Levine and Omar Brown, three players who have been on the field a combined total of just 39 defensive plays to this point of their careers.

Huff, meanwhile, was an All-Pro in 2010 and has 10 interceptions during the last four seasons.

An athletic and versatile player, he actually spent the majority of last season at cornerback, moving to the position after the Raiders lost both of their starting cornerbacks to injury.

He actually fared well by most accounts - and finished the year with 56 tackles, 13 pass deflections and two interceptions.

Huff had his best statistical season in 2010, recording 94 tackles, four sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles. That year, according to Pro Football Focus, Huff graded out as the second-best overall safety in the NFL and the league's third-best safety against the pass.

Shortly after the agreement with Huff was announced, Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith tweeted, "Ozzie is quietly making moves," a reference to Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome.

Yes, Baltimore lost or parted ways with several key members from last year's team, but Huff is now the fourth free agent the Ravens have added since the beginning of the free agency period March 12.

Despite working with just limited cap room, Baltimore has shored up its defensive line by signing Chris Canty and Marcus Spears, bolstered its pass rush with the addition of Pro Bowler Elvis Dumervil and now added Huff in the secondary.

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