The Colts made a very significant re-signing in their secondary last night in bringing back nickel cornerback Darius Butler, but there's still another member of the secondary that the Colts should re-sign and would like to re-sign that isn't officially back yet: safety Mike Adams.
General manager Ryan Grigson and head coach Chuck Pagano both seemed to expect Adams to be back when they spoke at the Combine, and when the safety appeared on Pro Football Talk Live a few weeks ago he said he would like to return to the Colts. As of Saturday night, however, the Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder reported that nothing was imminent in the team's talks with Adams.
This afternoon, while talking with John Michael Vincent (JMV) on 1070 the Fan in Indianapolis, ESPN's Mike Wells mentioned that he had just heard that the Colts are "getting closer" to a new contract with Mike Adams, though it's not done yet and there are still things to work through. Wells didn't sound like a new deal was coming at any moment, just that the sides were getting closer to a new contract.
Adams will be 34-years old when next season starts, but at the same time the Colts desperately need a safety, as right now they only have Dewey McDonald and Winston Guy under contract for 2015. He is coming off of the best season in his 11-year career, as in 2014 he started every game, 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. He tied for the NFL lead with seven takeaways and was named to his first career Pro Bowl.
While it's probably unfair to expect Adams to return to his Pro Bowl form of a year ago, he is a crucial player for the Colts to bring back, if for nothing else because of the fact that they almost certainly don't have either of their starting safeties for 2015 currently on the roster. Adams would provide a solid starter at one of the spots and allow the Colts to add someone else at the other spot.
We all know that deadlines spur action, and so hopefully the Colts and Adams continue to get closer and reach a new deal soon.