Adams will not re-sign with the Panthers, Joe Person of The Athletic reports. Adams was a 16-game starter the past two seasons in Carolina, averaging 72 tackles, eight passes defensed and 2.5 interceptions, though he struggled in coverage during the 2018 campaign. The Panthers hope to get younger and faster on defense, albeit without an obvious replacement on the roster to start alongside Eric Reid at safety. The team may look to the draft to address its deficiency, while Adams will hit the open market in mid-March shortly before he celebrates his 38th birthday. He has already announced his intention to continue playing football for at least one more season.
Adams recorded three tackles, all solo, an interception and a pass defensed across 68 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Ravens. Adams now has three interceptions on the year, which surpasses his season-total from each of the last two seasons. The 37-year-old hasn't lost a step this season, as he played in 100 percent of the defensive snaps Sunday -- bringing his season-total snap count to 448 (99 percent).
Adams finished with 69 tackles (48 solo), two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and two fumbles forced in 16 games played this season. Adams, who joined the Panthers last offseason, tied for the team high by having a hand in six turnovers forced. While that boosted his value, the 36-year-old posted his fewest tackles since 2013. Nonetheless, he still ranked fifth on Carolina in stops, and will be back in 2018 for the final year of his contract.
Adams recorded six tackles (five solo) and recovered a fumble in Sunday's win over the Packers. Adams played 91 percent of Carolina's defensive snaps Sunday (64). His fumble recovery came late in the fourth quarter on the Packers' final offensive drive, with Aaron Rodgers marching the team down the field, threatening to tie the contest. He'll now be tasked with containing the Buccaneers' passing offense as the Panthers remain in the thick of the playoff race.
Adams was a full participant at Thursday's practice after being limited Wednesday with a knee injury. Adams' full participation Thursday has him on track to play in Sunday's game against the Saints. The safety and the rest of Carolina's defense will look to slow down New Orleans' red-hot rushing attack.
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