Although the Denver Broncos control their destiny in the AFC as presently constituted with a 9-1 record and a head-to-head win over divisional foe Kansas City in their belt, an injury to Rahim Moore, caused by lateral compartment syndrome, has caused a shuffling of the lineup.
Per the Broncos’ SB Nation site Mile High Report and numerous other sources close to the team, Tuesday afternoon, Denver signed former Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens safety Michael Huff.
Huff, the 7th overall selection in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Raiders, was a unanimous first-team All-American as a senior at Texas in 2005, while also becoming a first-team All-Big 12 team recipient in both 2004 and 2005 for the Longhorns.
Additionally, as a collegian, he won the Jim Thorpe Award, annually given to the best defensive back in Division I-A (FBS) college football, in 2005 before coming to Oakland.
In 8 seasons in the NFL, per NFL.com, he has amassed 444 tackles, 5.5 sacks and 11 interceptions, while in 2010, he was named to the Associated Press All-Pro team when he posted 67 tackles, 4 sacks, three interceptions and seven passes defended.
Nevertheless, after coming to the Ravens in 2013, things never connected in Baltimore as he played free safety, when he had previously played cornerback in Oakland and only started one game of the seven in which he appeared for the defending Super Bowl champions.
Ravens sources, such as Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, reported that Matt Elam, the Ravens’ first-round selection in last April’s collegiate draft, and Jimmy Wilson, replaced Huff in the lineup, thus prompting Huff’s release into free agency.
Presently, it seems as if Huff has been signed for precautionary measures as depth, as on October 29, the NFL trade deadline, executive vice president of football operations, John Elway, told KOA-AM 850 in Denver, that he liked the team as it was headed down the stretch, when asked why no trade for Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen was made.