The Indianapolis Colts currently have only two safeties on their roster who are under contract for 2015: Winston Guy and Dewey McDonald. While it sounds like the Colts might really like Guy, it still is very clear that the team needs help at safety, and that has to be one of the biggest needs this offseason.
With the release of LaRon Landry on Wednesday, along with the fact that Mike Adams, Sergio Brown, Colt Anderson, and Delano Howell (RFA) are all free agents this offseason, makes this position a huge one to address. We'll look at it much more in the coming days and will also examine the other free agent safeties the Colts have a decision on in a similar fashion to this one, but today we start our look at the Colts' upcoming free agents with Mike Adams.
Playing on a one-year deal in 2014, Adams far exceeded expectations. He started every game, recorded 87 tackles, 11 passes defensed, five interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries - with each of those marks either setting or tying a career high. Furthermore, Adams tied for the NFL lead with seven takeaways in 2014. He was a very consistent player at safety for the Colts and was one of the team's best defensive players, earning his first career Pro Bowl nod as a result.
Based on his 2014 play for the Colts and the great need the team has at safety, there's really no reason for the Colts not to bring back Mike Adams. He will be 34-years old by the start of next season and is coming off of the best season in his career, so it's not likely for him to duplicate his performance and impact from this past season. But he provided an incredibly reliable safety at a position that the Colts really needed it at and he played a big role in the defense. Right now, the Colts likely don't have either of their starting safeties for 2015 under contract, and while they will still have to address the position, re-signing Mike Adams after his great 2014 season seems like an easy decision for the team.
The only way I don't see Adams wearing a Colts uniform next season is if another team offers him a very significant contract that the Colts don't want to match, but I don't expect that to happen for a 34-year old safety. My expectation is that the Colts will re-sign Mike Adams, and especially with the release of LaRon Landry, this move not happening would be a very big surprise. It's one that I absolutely think should happen and one that I absolutely think will happen.