One of the biggest moves that the Indianapolis Colts needed to make this offseason was to bring back safety Mike Adams, as he was due to become a free agent at 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday. And though it came later tan many would have wished, the Colts have agreed to terms with Adams on a new contract, according to a number of sources. It's reported to be a two-year deal. Adams himself has confirmed the deal:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>It took a minute! But im back like I never left! Still a Colt! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ColtsNation?src=hash">#ColtsNation</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/blue?src=hash">#blue</a>&white <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/stillgrinding?src=hash">#stillgrinding</a> <a href="https://t.co/mQFALPEebi">https://t.co/mQFALPEebi</a></p>— Mike Pops Adams (@MDOTADAMS20) <a href="https://twitter.com/MDOTADAMS20/status/575387644298821632">March 10, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Adams enjoyed a career year with the Colts in 2014, playing in every game and recording 87 tackles, 11 passes defensed, five interceptions, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries - all of which either set or tied a career high for the safety. His seven takeaways tied for the NFL lead, and he was named to his first career Pro Bowl. In his eleven-year career, the 33-year old Adams has played in 162 games (starting 89) with four different teams, notching 629 tackles, five sacks, 59 passes defensed, eighteen interceptions (one touchdown), and six forced fumbles.
This was a deal that absolutely had to get done for the Colts, and the necessity of it was increased even more as some of the Colts' free agent safety targets agreed to deals with other teams. They previously didn't have a single starting safety on their roster for 2015, so bringing back Adams back to play one of the starting safety spots was a must. There was mutual interest and the Colts got it done, and that's a very good thing.