Since the Raiders didn’t include free safety Michael Huff in their pre-lockout signing spree that included Richard Seymour, Stanford Routt and a franchise tag for Kamerion Wimbley, he is scheduled for unrestricted free agency once a collective bargaining agreement is reached or the league returns to business by court order.
Talking with the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram at the Texas pro day, Huff said he has thought about the possibility of returning to his home state.
The Raiders made a just-in-case (and still unannounced) signing of Hiram Eugene to a four-year contract in the event Huff ends up playing elsewhere.
Dallas is a natural for more than being Huff’s home state. Cowboys free safety Alan Ball had just two interceptions and one forced fumble in 16 starts, and the Cowboys’ new defensive coordinator is Rob Ryan, who held the same position in Oakland when Huff was drafted No. 7 overall.
If Huff had been a priority with the Raiders, he would already be under contract. The fact that he’s not doesn’t mean the Raiders aren’t interested, but are willing to see what Huff is worth on the market rather than moving decisively to set the market as they did with Seymour, Routt and Wimbley.