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Huff respects Reed’s legacy, wants to create his own

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When he agreed to a three-year, $6 million deal with the Ravens, one of the first things Michael Huff did was text Ed Reed.

But at the same time, he doesn’t need to spend too much time trying to be Ed Reed.

“It means a lot,” Huff said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “He’s one of the greatest, if not the greatest free safety to ever play the game. I just told him that I’ll carry on his legacy, carry on the tradition of great safeties in Baltimore. I’m definitely going to go out there and hold up my end.

“For me to come in here, I don’t really feel like I’m following his footsteps. I’m more kind of starting my own legacy and going in here to help the defense and help us win.”

There are two important reasons not to invite comparisons. One, Reed’s a former NFL defensive player of the year who’s likely to end up in the Hall of Fame when he’s finished.

But as importantly, Reed wasn’t Reed any more on the field last season, which is why they were willing to let him go become a Texan.

The Ravens weren’t going to get into a bidding war for a guy who’s turning 35 this season, allowing Houston to pay him a three-year, $15 million deal for intangibles.

So they found a player who is nearly five years younger, $9 million cheaper, and for the moment, perhaps a better fit.

Huff’s in Baltimore to play safety, but was forced into playing corner last year in Oakland. While he’s not someone you want on an island playing coverage, he can still cover ground, and that’s something the Ravens need in the middle of their new defense.

“He’s just a tremendous player, a tremendous guy,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He fits us really well both football-wise and technique-wise, the type of person he is, the type of family man he is.

“He’s going to enable us to keep doing the things on defense that we have been doing and even build on those things. He has done it all because he’s smart, he’s tough and he knows how to play the game.”

So while the Ravens might not have the same kind of name recognition they once had on defense, they might be better. For roughly the same $41 million the Browns spent to lure outside linebacker Paul Kruger away, the Ravens have restocked by signing pass-rusher Elvis Dumervil, lineman Chris Canty and Marcus Spears and Huff, which gives them a better opportunity to live up to the reputation the old guys created.

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51 Responses to “Huff respects Reed’s legacy, wants to create his own”
  1. mrsinner421 says: Mar 29, 2013 8:24 AM

    Ozzie has made some great decisions with his mind and not his heart this off season. Looming forward to seeing the fruits of his labor this season.

  2. ravenator says: Mar 29, 2013 8:25 AM

    The defense is going to be scary good. Now for the haters to tell me why the defending superbowl champions are a horrible team…

  3. goraidersgospurs says: Mar 29, 2013 8:28 AM

    this guy is a joke man, how do you sit there & say ill carry on Reed’ s leacy in B-More, when he could not make one for him self in oakland, SMH

  4. dissed215 says: Mar 29, 2013 8:33 AM

    Steeler fans: time to chime in.

    In…3…..2…..1….

  5. humbleminded85 says: Mar 29, 2013 8:43 AM

    Check out the last two Ravens stories before this one and tell me we aren’t the most hated team. The first one was about Torrey Smith and the him not worrying about where they start the season…it had 27 comments. The following one was about the Huff signing and it had 221 comments with the vast majority of them being non Ravens fans spewing pure hatred. Folks that’s 194 MORE comments for a post that was about a free agent signing than a post about a humble kid with great character. Take that for what it’s worth.

  6. bettis3636 says: Mar 29, 2013 8:47 AM

    No “Legacy” is going to be formed here… Did u form one in OAK?? NEGATIVE … youre more known for being a 1st RD BUST!

  7. itsfootballbaby says: Mar 29, 2013 8:48 AM

    So much for the “dismantling” of a Super Bowl Champ. Looks like the Ravens front office knew more than the rest of us.

  8. jeffml says: Mar 29, 2013 8:51 AM

    Wizard of Oz!!!!

  9. ravenscaps48 says: Mar 29, 2013 8:53 AM

    This defense will be much better than last year’s. i say they jump back into the top ten

  10. ccoolahan14 says: Mar 29, 2013 8:53 AM

    Likely to end up in the Hall of Fame? Ed Reed is the best safety of all time.

  11. lovefootball4life says: Mar 29, 2013 9:08 AM

    It amazes me when you read a player texted another player, player texted a coach, coach texted a player, etc. Is the whole NFL in their phone contact list?

  12. dickjagger says: Mar 29, 2013 9:11 AM

    Another good signing by the The Wizard of Baltimore! I’m glad people are underestimating this defense. I can’t wait to see Suggs, Dumervil and Ngata tee off on Roethlisberger, Dalton, and whomever the Browns choose to lead their team into the gutter. Go Ravens!

  13. raviq10 says: Mar 29, 2013 9:12 AM

    Speaking of former DPOY:

    -Ed Reed
    -Ray Lewis
    -Terrell Suggs

    2013: Haloti Ngata?

    Would be one hell of a track record for Ozzie Newsome having drafted not 1, not 2, not 3 but possibly FOUR different Defensive Players Of the Year. Not that 3 isn’t impressive already…

    oops, almost forgot about the 3 1st ballot hall of famers he’s drafted…and the 15 different pro bowlers (that combined have 64 pro-bowl appearances) that he’s drafted xD. This guy is deadly in the draft.

    Oh, by the way – the Ravens have 12 draft picks this year!! ^_<

  14. dalucks says: Mar 29, 2013 9:28 AM

    Huff is younger and cheaper but is he better is the question. Unfortunately, he is the guy replacing THE GUY in the Ravens secondary so that is a negative against him.
    Time will tell.

  15. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 29, 2013 9:31 AM

    Polamalu > Ravens entire secondary

    You’re jealous?

  16. scoobies05 says: Mar 29, 2013 9:34 AM

    welcome to baltimore michael!! we are excited to have you here. go ravens!

  17. dirtdawg54 says: Mar 29, 2013 9:36 AM

    Will they be better? Doubt that. But they aren’t in as bad a shape as everyone wants to believe (and I’d like to believe it, as a Steelers fan).

    Reed and Lewis were liabilities. Few Ravens fans wanted to admit that, especially with Lewis racking up tackles and Reed still make an int or two down the stretch, but each had lost a step or two and they were being taken advantage of. Losing them is not a loss.

    Getting all of those very serviceable parts is a good offseason. Sure, they’d prefer to have the parts they lost, but that’s to possible with free agency so you go out and get replacements as best as you can. These guys will tide them over until they can get draft picks up running.

    Having Suggs back at full speed and Ngata fully healthy will also make a difference. Their pass rush will certainly be as good as it has always been and their run defence could be stouter (because of Ngata).

    Losing Boldin will hurt – he clearly made difference on that offense. That’s the one puzzle iced they have done nothing to replace and there is no serviceable solution waiting in the wings.

  18. balmer2no2atl says: Mar 29, 2013 9:46 AM

    Ok, let’s go back over that – Dumervil, Canty, Spears, AND Huff all for the price of what the browns paid Kruger – really? Way to go brownies, now that’s getting bang for your buck. Especially when you find that Kruger is probably mediocre at best when not paired with a true pass rushing beast on the opposite side of him.

  19. ravgt says: Mar 29, 2013 9:55 AM

    I have to say that Huff seems like a classy guy. He certainly doesn’t compare to Ed in his prime – nobody, including Ed (’13) compares to Ed in his prime. Huff will do just fine, when you consider the Ravens DB’s will only need to cover receivers for about 2.5 seconds, with the likes of Suggs, Dumervil and Upshaw chasing opposing QBs. With all the dooms day predictions about the Raven’s chances in 2013, I think we’ll be just fine, thanks.

  20. psychoraider904 says: Mar 29, 2013 10:04 AM

    High character guy, minimum production on the field. I wish him the best of luck, but the Raiders are gonna be better off without him. I think Ravens fans will soon see why the Raiders finally cut ties with him. You can talk about how bad the Raiders have been the last 10 years, but some guys have it and some don’t. Huff, just didn’t have it.

  21. classyjacklambert says: Mar 29, 2013 10:05 AM

    Poor ravens. First to worst in one year. The browns have more talent than this team. Probably about the same amount of talent at qb and a better secondary. 6-10 this year.

  22. therealpittbull says: Mar 29, 2013 10:06 AM

    Will he interesting to see how things turn out. Thought he would be a great safety coming out of Texas, but…..the raiders. Don’t know if it was the team, defensive scheme, or just raider failure, but being in Baltimore will show the truth.

  23. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 29, 2013 10:07 AM

    Hey Huff, if Reed doesn’t respect it, why should you?

  24. stevent92 says: Mar 29, 2013 10:09 AM

    Mikael Leshoure also respects Barry Sanders’ legacy and wants to create his own.

  25. ravensbob says: Mar 29, 2013 10:10 AM

    The Baltimore Ravens-World Champions, best organization in the NFL………

  26. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 29, 2013 10:10 AM

    Polamalu > Ravens entire secondary

    You’re jealous?

  27. rdrs68 says: Mar 29, 2013 10:20 AM

    After the “legacy” he left in Oakland he has a long ways to go.

  28. joetoronto says: Mar 29, 2013 10:23 AM

    Huff is exactly what the doctor ordered for the Ravens. The Raiders played a lot of vanilla defense, which didn’t showcase Huff’s abilities.

    That won’t be the case in Baltimore, Huff will flourish there.

    All the best to him.

  29. fukpittsburgh says: Mar 29, 2013 10:32 AM

    Between all the playoff games and Super Bowls you’ll be playing in, you’ll get your chance to shine Mike.

  30. oakraid says: Mar 29, 2013 10:35 AM

    Good luck with this guy B’more. He’s a decent player, but not a difference maker. He’ll make a play here and there, but give up just as many,

  31. haterade999 says: Mar 29, 2013 10:37 AM

    Interesting to watch a team draw in players who want to cultivate the “Play Like a Raven” persona, and win games.

    Pretty good for a team of nobodies, eh?

  32. reed20fence says: Mar 29, 2013 10:38 AM

    “For roughly the same $41 million the Browns spent to lure outside linebacker Paul Kruger away, the Ravens have restocked by signing pass-rusher Elvis Dumervil, lineman Chris Canty and Marcus Spears and Huff, which gives them a better opportunity to live up to the reputation the old guys created.”

    Does anything else remain to be said really? In that statement the answers to many questions have been answered:

    – Are they rebuilding?
    – Have they given up on competing for a while?
    – Is Ozzie going senile?
    – Did Joe’s contract destroy the team?
    – etc etc

  33. classyjacklambert says: Mar 29, 2013 10:40 AM

    Here I fixed it for you:

    mrsinner421 says: Mar 29, 2013 8:24 AM

    Ozzie has made some decisions with his mind and this team has no heart this season. Looking forward to seeing the fruits of his labor this season.

  34. jkrc717 says: Mar 29, 2013 10:48 AM

    Huff isn’t a bust, but he hasn’t been great either. He’s been average.

    I can see him being great for the Ravens.

  35. realfootballfan says: Mar 29, 2013 10:54 AM

    ccoolahan14,

    I concur. Ozzie Newsome is the best in the game at drafting.

  36. CKL says: Mar 29, 2013 11:17 AM

    humbleminded85 says:
    Mar 29, 2013 8:43 AM
    Check out the last two Ravens stories before this one and tell me we aren’t the most hated team.
    _________________________________
    I think some of that hate is because of some of the people who are Ravens fans who post here . Some reaaallllll peaches. Having a few high profile players who are jerks or as Ravens fans might prefer to call them “controversial”doesn’t help either. Some people don’t know or care to divorce people’s personalities from their accomplishments so when your team wins the SB all that gets magnified.
    OK enough Dr. Phil.

    I liked Huff coming out of school and was hoping the Pats would take a look at him. I think this is a good pick up for Balt.

  37. tiggerblood says: Mar 29, 2013 11:19 AM

    Getting spare parts from the scrap yard, should be a good running car good as new. Maybe get one of those trees “new car scent” to cover up the stink. Seriously your fan base is as delusional as the one in PA.

  38. humbleminded85 says: Mar 29, 2013 11:34 AM

    @CLK I agree with you about the bad apples but I do think that is a individual problem people have. Let me give you an example…if a Packers fan gave me hell at a sports bar and was obnoxious and all that, the laziest thing I could do at that point is label all Packers as obnoxious and idiots. Instead it was just a idiot who happen to be a Packer fan. I say that to say this, anytime I see a packer related story after that I have two options… give my honest opinion or give one that’s foundation is built off of my hatred for that guy thus making me judge all Packers fans as a whole. I guess what I’m trying to say is fans of a team who happen to be idiots should not play ANY part into what I think of that teams operations and off season moves. I hate the people who meet one or two bad apples(or thousands at an away game) and let that give them a hatred filled one sided opinions instead of honest opinions.

  39. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 29, 2013 12:17 PM

    reed20fence says:

    many questions have been answered:

    – Are they rebuilding?
    – Have they given up on competing for a while?
    – Is Ozzie going senile?
    – Did Joe’s contract destroy the team
    ——————————————————–
    -Yes
    -Yes, at least for 6 years
    -the minute he signed that $120M check
    -No, not the contract, his jump-balls will

  40. doe22us says: Mar 29, 2013 12:34 PM

    Time will tell with the Huff signing, but i hope that fans dont quickly turn on him when he is expossed relentlessley in the air. Cheap is good until it blows in your face. Then again the average fan in Baltimore wanted Brian Urlacher, i guess they havent seen video of Urlacher recently. Cheap is good hopefully Canty, Spears et al work out.

  41. scoobies05 says: Mar 29, 2013 12:43 PM

    just wondering if crown ever actually watches anything but steeler games or really knows anything about football. because if you think that the ravens have had this much success in the flacco era with him throwing nothing but jumpballs you have no clue what you are watching. he had to throw balls like that to anquan because as good and as tough as q is, he simply cant get on. but with the sb on the line he checked out of a 3rd and 1 run and threw a great back shoulder pass that only q could get. 3rd and 13 against denver…threw a strike to pitta betwen 3 defenders that saved the drive and the season. when ben runs around and makes off balance throws hes great…when joe does it hes lucky? no way. and as far as the contract it certainly hasnt prevented the ravens from signing new players to replace good players that got big contracts elsewhere..its what good front offices do. right now today, the ravens are in far better shape then lots of teams, including the steelers. defending champs says it all. go ravens!

  42. CKL says: Mar 29, 2013 1:12 PM

    @humbleminded85
    I agree, it’s lazy. I’m just saying that’s a mindset I see and you guys will be seeing more now that your team is the most recent SB champ. There are fellow Pats fans on here and elsewhere that make me roll my eyes too. :D

  43. dcpowergator says: Mar 29, 2013 2:12 PM

    speaking of lazy, the authors premise is extremely flawed – the ravens did not sign dumervil, canty, huff and spears moves because they didn’t re-sign paul kruger. they made these moves because they didn’t re-sign paul kruger, dannel ellerbee, ed reed, ray lewis, cary williams and bernard pollard.

    doesn’t this gantt guy read anything his boss writes? the main benefit of this site is when florio breaks down the contracts from agent speak into real money the player is actually likely to see. the likelihood that kruger sees $41M from the browns is about the same as hitting powerball.

  44. dcpowergator says: Mar 29, 2013 2:29 PM

    @balmer2no2atl says:
    Mar 29, 2013 9:46 AM
    Ok, let’s go back over that – Dumervil, Canty, Spears, AND Huff all for the price of what the browns paid Kruger – really? Way to go brownies, now that’s getting bang for your buck. Especially when you find that Kruger is probably mediocre at best when not paired with a true pass rushing beast on the opposite side of him.

    actually, NOT really. dumervil alone will get more than kruger next year. kruger’s first two years plus bonus are guaranteed about $18M tops IIRC, everything else is NFL contract fluffer which we all read about right here when he signed.

    you can argue dumervil vs kruger heads up all day long and win but, in fairness, dumervil wasn’t even a free agent at that point.

    what is unnecessary is for “ravens nation” to crap all over the guy at every opportunity, especially since it was obvious the ravens weren’t going to bring him back. seems they all forgot he played a pretty big role in their season and especially their playoffs. stay classy, bawlmer.

  45. ppdoc13 says: Mar 29, 2013 2:34 PM

    wow. the heavy negatives are impressive especially since they come from about 6 steeler fans. and even I have to admit the polomolu > ravens secondary was funny.

    here is the deal. ozzie replaced young guys getting blown up 1st contracts because they played with the ravens esp on defense for young guys with as good if not better talent.

    now, i will not say ever that mr. huff is more talented than ed reed. but ed is 35 years old and can not tackle to save his life.

    i actually feel pretty good about this ravens group with one exception: and that is Anquan Boldin. I really wish they mended those fenses. He was the glue that kept the offense together.

  46. stevent92 says: Mar 29, 2013 2:56 PM

    Always liked this guy coming out of College, but didn’t really see a whole lot of him the last few years, as the Raiders have been a perennial underperforming team. Maybe he just didn’t get a shot to showcase what he’s got. Perhaps like Charles Woodson, who really flourished once he left Oakland?

    This is not a knock on the Raiders. I have nothing against them.

  47. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 29, 2013 3:55 PM

    humbleminded85 | Mar 29, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT
    Check out the last two Ravens stories before this one and tell me we aren’t the most hated team. The first one was about Torrey Smith and the him not worrying about where they start the season…it had 27 comments. The following one was about the Huff signing and it had 221 comments with the vast majority of them being non Ravens fans spewing pure hatred. Folks that’s 194 MORE comments for a post that was about a free agent signing than a post about a humble kid with great character. Take that for what it’s worth.

    Funny you talk of pure hatred coming from non raven fans. You get what you give. When you have a clown like Ravenator, a moron like ravenmuscle, and a pompom waver like ravens dominate flooding steeler threads you will get hate in return. I don’t hate the ravens TEAM just the moronic trolls mentioned above. Open your eyes it is very easy to understand why…people are tired of the same stupidest s from your fan boys.

  48. dontstabmeray says: Mar 29, 2013 5:28 PM

    Huff legacy is getting cut by the Raiders. He’ll fit in with the rest of the losers in Baltimore. 2-14 next year, Cheers!

  49. steel2372 says: Mar 30, 2013 11:52 AM

    The Ravens defense wasnt ranked very high last year. So I think its to be expected that with the kind of money put forth, It should better be good next year. I still do not see the defense being that much better next year however. Sure you got some nice pieces, But I think you will miss the superior talent of Reed and Lewis. Those types of numbers just cant be replaced no matter who you sign.

  50. ravenatorslifepartner says: Mar 30, 2013 5:48 PM

    Being a Steelers fan, i thought the Ravens were toast when they lost all of there studs. (Kruger, Reed, Lewis, Ellerbe, Williams, Pollard), but they’ve made so many more moves to build there defense better than last years…. Go Steelers ;) and i love you Ravenator <3

  51. scoobies05 says: Mar 30, 2013 7:37 PM

    thats the point steel2372. ray and ed are both legends of the game and were superior talents…but not anymore. i believe they both can still play…but with ray retiring its time to revamp. i think the ravens brought in some nice pieces to fill in for a year or two while their 12 draft picks get ready. should be interesting. go ravens

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