The Indianapolis Colts are again beginning to get the injury bug this offseason. Fili Moala was placed on Injured Reserve earlier in the week, and even more recently Corey Lynch went on the list. Saturday, the team signed free agent safety Mike Adams in attempt at bolstering the secondary, and they did just that. But, Adams isn't just a thirty-something safety added as a camp body. He's a ten-year veteran looking to crack the starting lineup.
Mike Adams comes to Indianapolis in his eleventh NFL season, now playing with his fourth team. In 2004 Adams went undrafted out of The University of Delaware, and later signed with the San Francisco 49ers. Adams earned love from the fans and the respect from his teammates by fighting his way to a starting role in just his second season.
After three seasons in San Francisco, Adams spent five seasons in Cleveland and played with the Denver Broncos the last two seasons. Mike has proven to be very durable as well, playing in at least 14 games a season for the last nine years.
That durability could prove to be very valuable with fellow safeties Laron Landry fighting off nagging injuries for much of 2013, and Delano Howell finishing the year on IR. Adams' playoff experience will also be a welcome addition to this Colts defensive backfield.
Over the past three seasons, Adams has tallied 152 tackles, 56 assists, 4 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries. These aren't exactly Pro Bowl numbers, but the guy is around the ball and is a more than solid addition to the secondary.
Adams is known as a great locker room guy and a hard worker on the field. He has been a great community guy as well, commonly holding Q & A sessions with fans on Twitter.
Adams is referred to as "Pops", a nickname his teammates gave him, as a sign of the admiration and respect they had for him and his leadership. The Colts recently lost a great leader and community guy this offseason, with Antoine Bethea leaving for the 49ers in free agency.
Adams is far cheaper than Bethea, and may not give the production Antoine was capable of, but the team is getting all of the same intangible qualities from this signing. Having a solid group of young talent, and a veteran voice like Adams' to help them along can be nothing but good for this secondary.
The Colts have filled a lot of important holes with signing Mike Adams, both on and off the field. This is a solid short term solution for Ryan Grigson and a great addition to the Colts as well as the city of Indianapolis.