Packers Will Not Be Signing Michael Huff, To the Surprise of No One

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Michael Huff

Michael Huff

The Green Bay Packers lost out on another free agent they were pretending to be interested in. Safety Michael Huff signed with the Baltimore Ravens, Wednesday.

What’s somewhat astonishing is the Packers managed not to completely bungle this one themselves. They didn’t even insult Huff with some low-ball offer. That’s because Huff signed with the Ravens before he even visited the Packers.

That being said, if he thought the Packers were serious and willing to make a decent offer, then he probably would have made his visit to Green Bay as scheduled. Obviously, the Ravens are something the Packers are not, other than winners of playoff games. They’re aggressive.

We have to wonder how seriously free agents take any “interest” from the Packers. The organization’s M.O. is pretty clear — go after guys who have few options and try to get them to sign a deal below market value.

If the Packers are good for anything in free agency, it’s being used as a negotiation ploy. Both Steven Jackson and Greg Jennings used the Packers’ perceived interest to drive up their price elsewhere.

As for the Packers’ safety situation, our bet is they draft one. This is one of the deepest drafts for safeties in years and there’s a good chance the Packers can grab a day-one starter in the first or second round.

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

28 Comments on "Packers Will Not Be Signing Michael Huff, To the Surprise of No One"

    • Vijay

      That is just stupid man…tired of that talk. We are not talking about signing a whole roster of free agents, we are talking about a couple of high quality pieces to add to the puzzle. Geezus!

  1. Packer Bob

    “The organization’s M.O. is pretty clear — go after guys who have few options and try to get them to sign a deal below market value.”

    I think the second part of that paragraph is correct. Would you pay market value for a great looking but used car, when you might be able to talk the seller down a few bucks?

    • Vijay

      This is the NFL, not a fucking used car dealership. We want quality pieces to improve the roster, not a complete overhaul. Damn some of you people are a bit naive…Hmm, what happened when we signed FA’s Woodson and Pickett? Oh yeah, we built a Championship roster….Were those good Free Agent signings?

      How about those Ravens–Pollard, Birk, Boldin, McKinnie, etc.??? Still think identifying higher quality football players from other teams is always a mistake? I think not.

  2. Doug


    Packer Bob:

    “The organization’s M.O. is pretty clear — go after guys who have few options and try to get them to sign a deal below market value.”
    I think the second part of that paragraph is correct. Would you pay market value for a great looking but used car, when you might be able to talk the seller down a few bucks?

    True, but we’ve got an empty garage that needs a few stalls filled.

  3. Sean

    I wonder if a visit was even arranged or if it was just more Agent bullsh–.
    You gotta think other teams are not buying the Packers as leverage gambit.
    Free Agent: “You know the Packers are really really interested.”
    NFL Team: “Bullshi–. Sign today at this price or leave”
    Free Agent: “What a great offer!”

  4. john

    and so there are several great draft options. Duh, you naswered your own question.

    Why pay big bucks for a free agenat when you can get a great rookie?

    Should really read your own stuff before you put it out there

    • Vijay

      Yes, there are excellent saefty “prospects” just like their are always excellent “prospects” in any sport, but you never know how their careers will pan out in the pros–you can only project that. However, if you expect rookies to start in year one and step into a starting role then you’re already behind the 8-ball. Look, Ted’s done a nice job building a competitive roster. I hope the rest of us want the same thing—another Title in Green Bay, we just differ on our viewpoint of how best to go about it. It’s about balancing young rooks with quality, affordable vets who are good locker room guys and who add or improve our repertoire (ex. ability to run the ball better and stop the run better). Again, not a roster overhaul or “blowing it up”, just adding a piece or two with vet leadership.

      • PackerBacker

        You are assuming that the primary job of an NFL team is to win a championship. This is a business, first and foremost. If you build a competitive roster without mortgaging your future, then you are assured of being in the mix every year when it comes to the post season. Now how far you advance is a mixture of a lot of things, luck being an important one in that if you get the match ups that work in your favor, you get to go to the big game and maybe win it. Other than that, as long as you are in the mix, you have a profitable franchise that keeps fans coming back. As it is, that is not a problem for the Packers.

        • Phatgzus

          That is the primary job of an NFL organization, the more economical the better; just as any other business, become the best while maximizing profits.

      • Phatgzus

        Thing is, man, a rookie safety wouldn’t be starting for the Packers unless he was very talented, if that was so his career outlook would likely be quite favorable (given he doesn’t become injury-prone).

        The Packers have a young ‘vet’ at safety in M.D. Jennings (who’s only started one season) who’s shown some promise, you don’t just cut bait on someone like that after investing considerable time and money. Speaking of money, I would hazard to say M.D. costs quite a bit less than Huff would. We also don’t know if Huff is a leader, the Raiders obviously didn’t want him for some reason, perhaps it was only cost, but it could be personality issues, it’s possible.

  5. Jon Mallaber

    Monty, any chance you can just get back to being funny? Your free agent analysis over the last few weeks has been amateur at best, and you sound like all of the other fans who don’t understand the salary cap and talent evaluation. Why would we want anything to do with a hack that isn’t good enough to play for the Raiders, or over the hill lineman and running backs for that matter. Viva Ted Thompson!!!

    • Vijay

      Charles Woodson was also considered a hack in Oakland at the end and a selfish pre madonna…so…let Monty speak. I agree with most of his viewpts and happen to enjoy the topics…the guys a fucking smart dude (we went to college together). Look, if you Ted Thompson can do no wrong guys are right, we will be holding up the Lombardi again at the end of the year and I will shut my mouth…but I’m guessing, that just ain’t gonna happen! Not anytime soon anyway (unless he starts to cave in and do something, anything worthwhile in Free Agency). Ah well, there’s always 2014-2015…Rodgers will be around forever anyway, right?

      • Jon Mallaber

        Well I guess if you went to community college with him then I guess we might as well hire him as our GM.

  6. Chris

    Let’s see,
    Huff was waived as a 27 year old,,,not a 35 year old.
    Since then, only the cowboys had him in even though they had no means(capspace) of signing him.
    Besides that, no other team went after this guy in his prime….
    Wow, guess we really missed out on a big prize here!
    Fools gold.

    • Vijay

      Agreed, Pollard was the signing we missed out on (if we wanted a safety in FA). I’d settle for a top 3 draft pick for that position…but just watch Ted & Co not even bother taking one at all in the draft. I think some of us would not be surprised…he seems to do everything counter to what the fan’s want, with the possible exception of the treatment of Driver and his special retirement.

      • Phatgzus

        You don’t speak for all fans, please don’t generalize; generalization is but a manifestation of ignorance.

  7. DevilDon

    Aggressive? Think basketball bouncing into the street and a short bus coming down the road.
    Hello Darwin.

  8. Vijay

    I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that Packer Bob is a middle aged, mustached man from the sticks who loves to hunt, fish, watch Packer football and NASCAR equally. He is a good family man and has been married for more than 20 years to his beloved wife and even has a couple of kids, am I close?

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