After the Colts placed safety Corey Lynch on season-ending Injured Reserve, a day later, they signed his replacement. The team moved quickly and signed veteran Mike Adams to add depth to the secondary. Adams, a 10-year NFL veteran, has played with the San Francisco 49ers, the Cleveland Browns, and for the last two seasons, the Denver Broncos. He started 7 games for the Broncos this past season, recording 1 interception and 48 tackles. He’ll likely serve as the primary competition for free safety, Delano Howell, and the starting position.
As far as his performance is concerned, the advanced statistics point out that S Mike Adams graded out fairly middle of the pack as the 41st best safety overall (both free and strong) from ProFootballFocus. The good news, depending on how you look at it, is that he was ranked better than both of last year’s starters: LaRon Landry (46th) and Antoine Bethea (50th).
Although Adams was on record of saying that it was “Broncos or bust”, hoping to make one last run at a Super Bowl, he felt that the Colts were talented enough to contend for serious championship aspirations. In my opinion, the Colts were rather fortunate to find a veteran safety of his caliber this late in the offseason. It should be a good competition, and if nothing else, he’ll add veteran depth and leadership to the safety position in 2014.