One of the big discussions around this time of year is about which players teams should re-sign, and those discussions are certainly going on about the Colts too.
There are some players - like Jack Doyle - that the Colts would have interest in bringing back, but it sounds like safety Mike Adams might not be one of them. According to the Indianapolis Star’s Zak Keefer, the Colts have had “zero discussions” with Adams.
After the season, Adams said that he intends on playing another season and that he hoped it was with the Colts, but added that, “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 has been a steadying presence in the secondary for Indianapolis since signing with them in 2014, as he’s started 44 games and recorded 241 tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack, five quarterback hits, 19 passes defensed, 12 interceptions, seven forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries. He’s been responsible for 17 turnovers in three years, and he’s made two Pro Bowls during his time with the Colts. At a time where the Colts desperately needed safety help, Adams provided a reliable presence in the backend of the secondary who did a good job for the team.
He’ll turn 36 years old in March, however, and he seems to have lost a step when it comes to his play. It’s completely understandable that the Colts would let him walk, but they need to have a plan in place before doing so. Clayton Geathers is one starting safety, but who’s the other? Do you hope T.J. Green improves? Do you re-sign Darius Butler? Do you focus on a safety in the draft or free agency? If the Colts have a plan in place (like bringing back Butler, for example), then it makes sense for them to let Adams test the market.
Things still could change, though, and just because they haven’t had discussions yet doesn’t mean they won’t. Perhaps it could even be a situation where they reach a deal after free agency begins. Regardless, Adams has been a much-needed player for the Colts at safety over the past three years, so they’ll need to have a replacement plan in place. Assuming they do, however, them not re-signing Adams wouldn’t be all that surprising.