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The move makes a ton of sense. Huff, 30, is a lot younger than Ed Reed. Huff also provides similar center-field ability and can line up at cornerback if necessary.
Huff, who also visited with the Dallas Cowboys, has played at a high level for much of his career on the Raiders. (However, he has declined somewhat recently.) He might not be a difference-maker at this stage of his career, but he upgrades a very thin safety position for Baltimore. He's a smart, attacking player who often has been lost on awful defenses.
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NFL.com's Albert Breer reported earlier this week that the Ravens planned to overhaul their defense all along this offseason. It was a conscious decision because the defense didn't play particularly well for most of last season.
Newsome's overhauls usually work. He has earned the benefit of the doubt.