It’s that time of year when teams who don’t make the playoffs begin to turn their attention towards the offseason, and part of that involves decisions by older players regarding their future.
We’ve mentioned that outside linebacker Robert Mathis has a decision to make this offseason on whether to retire or not, and another veteran Colt who is set to become a free agent, Mike Adams, does as well. But it appears that with Adams, that decision has already been made: he wants to keep playing.
“Yeah, I intend on playing,” Adams, 35, said Wednesday. “I still have some gas left in the tank. I still have some gas left in the tank and I plan on riding this until the wheels fall off. Right now, I’m feeling good. Hopefully it’s here. Again, you never know what is going to happen. I’m going to ball out this game and let the chips fall where they may.”
Adams is set to become a free agent this offseason, meaning that the Colts also have a decision to make. Adams has been a very productive player for Indianapolis over the past three seasons, as he was a Pro Bowler in 2014 and 2015 and has been a three-year starter, playing in and starting 43 games and recording 235 tackles, a sack, 19 passes defensed, 12 interceptions, seven forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries. He’s once again been a productive player this year, and he’s proven to be key due to injuries to Clayton Geathers, as well as some rookie struggles from T.J. Green. But the Colts will need to weigh their options this offseason, deciding whether the veteran Adams is good enough to bring back despite a defense that needs some massive work.
Adams said Wednesday that he’s trying not to think about it but to keep his mind focused on this Sunday’s game against the Jaguars.
“Of course [I’ve thought about it],” he acknowledged. “It’s human nature for you to think about what is going to happen next year or what is going to happen next day. As my boy Chuck [Pagano] says, you just have to keep it one day at a time. Just focus on what’s the now and I try to do that. It’s hard, but I try to do it.”
Part of what makes it hard to predict whether Adams will be back or not is that we don’t even know whether Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano will be back or not. If a new regime comes in, they might be less incline to bring back a veteran player like Adams. It will be an interesting decision that the Colts will have to make in the coming months, but Adams made clear that he’s going to play next year, and he hopes it’s with the Colts.