Michael Huff open to signing with Dallas

March, 26, 2013
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AUSTIN -- Free-agent safety Michael Huff visited the Dallas Cowboys on Monday and didn't sign a contract, but the Irving, Texas native said he's open to signing with his hometown team.

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Huff said he had a good visit.

"Just talking to the coaches and seeing where everybody's head is at and see what's going on," Huff said Tuesday at the University of Texas' Pro Day. "My list (of teams) is who can win the Super Bow. If you can tell me that right now I will sign with (the Cowboys) right now."

Huff, who played seven seasons with the Oakland Raiders before his release last week, had 17 pass breakups and four interceptions the last two seasons.

The Cowboys would like to get a veteran safety on the roster to support starting free safety Barry Church and quite possibly start over Matt Johnson, who missed the 2012 season with hamstring injuries.

However, the Cowboys don't have the money necessary to sign anyone at this point of the offseason because they have just $102,000 of salary-cap space. The Cowboys did agree to a two-year contract with veteran linebacker Justin Durant on Tuesday. Durant can't sign the contract until the Cowboys clear out cap space.

One way to do that is lower the cap numbers of quarterback Tony Romo ($16.8 million) and outside linebacker Anthony Spencer ($10.8 million). The team gets $2 million in cap space after June 1 because it released defensive end Marcus Spears.

Huff said he didn't know you could agree to a contract with a team that has no cap space. But he said he wouldn't do it.

When told it's like making a oral commitment to a college, Huff said, "that's college, this is the NFL."

The Cowboys could use a veteran player such as Huff because he can bring leadership and playmaking skills to an inexperienced group at safety.

"I talked to all the coaches," Huff said of the Cowboys. "Talked to everybody. I thought it was a good visit; didn't talk contract or anything like that. Just talked football and see where I fit."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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