Ex-Raiders safety Michael Huff is going to vist with the Packers soon, according to Dallas Cowboys beat writer Clarence Hill.

Huff, coming off a visit with the Cowboys, will also meet with the Ravens later this week. If he makes it out of Baltimore without a contract, he would then presumably visit Green Bay next week.

Many free agents have visited with the Packers during Ted Thompson’s tenure and left without offers. Defensive end Chris Canty, who was signed by the Ravens, did just that a couple weeks ago.

Still, Huff’s visit will be cause for excitement among Packer fans who have been clamoring for a rare big name signing by the team. Is the excitement warranted? In a word, yes.

Though Huff is not a top level safety, he’s a versatile player who as Pro Football Focus states, “succeeded in three different positions over a three-year period.” Injuries in the Raiders secondary forced Huff to play slot cornerback most of last season. After a terrible first game, he adjusted and excelled at the position. Two years prior, in 2010, he was a second team All-Pro at safety and was ranked by PFF as their second best safety in the entire NFL.

Any concerns about the age of Huff, who is 30, should be somewhat quelled by the fact that he easily kept up with receivers in coverage last season.

In short, Huff would absolutely be the Packers’ biggest free agent acquisition since 2006, when they signed both Charles Woodson and Ryan Pickett. We’ll see if it happens.