Safety Michael Huff, made it clear that he’s not in Baltimore to fill anybody’s shoes.

After seven seasons with the Oakland Raiders, he opted to sign a three-year, $6 million deal with the Ravens because he wanted to win a Super Bowl. However, Huff did acknowledge today that he texted last night with Ed Reed, who signed with the Houston Texans last week after playing 11 seasons in Baltimore.

"It means a lot,” said Huff who said that he’s been talking to Reed for a little while. “He's the greatest if not the greatest free safety to ever play the game. I talked to him last night. I told him I'll carry on his legacy and carry on the tradition of great safeties in Baltimore. I'm definitely going to go out there and hold up my end."

Huff passed his physical this morning and was officially announced as the newest Raven during an afternoon news conference today at the Under Armour Performance Center. He’ll wear No.29.

“I played a lot of football in my career but I've always watched the Ravens from afar,” Huff said. “It's a successful organization, they've got some of the greatest fans in the world. I'm just excited to be a part of it, excited to carry on that legacy, carry on that tradition and defend the Super Bowl. That's one of the main reasons why I'm here, just to help us win. I'll do whatever it takes.”

In seven seasons in Oakland, Huff made 453 tackles to go along with 5 ½ sacks, 11 interceptions and 57 passes defended. He played both free and strong safety during his Raiders’ tenure, and he also started 14 games at cornerback last season because of a series of injuries in the Oakland secondary.

For a Ravens team that lost both its starting safeties – Reed and Bernard Pollard – from last season, Huff is expected to start immediately at free safety.