With starting strong safety Gerald Sensabaugh heading to free agency and unreliable Alan Ball expected to replace him, Cowboys desperately need to fill a huge hole in the secondary.
One player who would love to join the Cowboys, if and when this lockout ever ends, is Michael Huff of the Oakland Raiders, who will be testing the free agent waters this offseason.
Coincidentally, Huff is a lifelong Cowboys fan and was born and still lives in Irving, Texas, just a stone’s throw away from Cowboys Stadium.
Huff is coming off a great season in 2010 with 94 tackles, three interceptions, four sacks, and three forced fumbles.
He is also one of the most durable safeties in the game and has played in all 16 games every season since he was drafted in 2006. God knows, we can use an iron man in our secondary… I’m looking at you T-New!
According to comments made to ESPN, Huff says that after five losing seasons with the Raiders, he is looking forward to joining a winner.
“That’s the only thing,” Huff said. “Being here at Texas, you get spoiled. You win all the time here and then you go there (Oakland) and have some tough years. Getting that Super Bowl ring is something they can never take away from you, like they can’t take away the national championship ring. That’s the next step, and I look forward to it.”
Huff was part of the Texas Longhorns team that won the National Championship in 2005. He was a First Team All American that season and also won the Jim Thorpe Award that year for being the best defensive back in the country.
The 28 year old could fill a big vacancy at safety for the Cowboys, and every attempt should be made to go after him once this lockout is over. This former first round pick is coming off his best season ever setting career highs in every defensive category, and even getting his first All Pro Team selection.
Playing in his hometown for the team he grew up worshiping, could motivate Huff to deliver an even bigger season in 2011 and beyond.