The Panthers signed Adams to play strong safety in 2017, Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reports. The 36-year-old veteran recorded just two passes defended last season -- his lowest total since his 2007 campaign with the Browns. However, Adams still cranked out 79 tackles -- the third-highest mark of his career -- and notched another pair of forced fumbles to boot. Since his skills in coverage might be at a lesser level than that of his in the run game at this stage of his career, it makes sense for Adams to plug in at strong safety with the Panthers, where he'll get to play closer to the line of scrimmage. In turn, Kurt Coleman will be able to move back to his natural free safety position.
Adams signed a two-year contract with the Panthers on Friday, Bryan Strickland of the team's official site reports. Adams has made the Pro Bowl two of the past three years, averaging 80 tackles per season in the process. It seems likely that he'll start alongside Kurt Coleman, who has the most interceptions in the NFC over the past two seasons. At 35, it's unknown how much Adams has left in the tank, but if the past few seasons serve as any indication, it doesn't seem like he'll be slowing down anytime soon.
Adams, an unrestricted free agent, will not return to the Colts in 2017, Zak Keefer of the Indy Star reports. The Colts are attempting to get younger on the defensive side of the ball and Adams, who turns 36 this offseason, is not part of their plans. During his three years in Indianapolis, the veteran safety started 44 games and racked up 241 tackles, seven forced fumbles and 12 interceptions. He looked to have plenty left in the tank last year and should be able to land a new contract this offseason should he decide to continue his playing career.
Adams (groin) was a full participant in Thursday's practice. He missed Indy's win over Green Bay in Week 9, but he looks set to return and start at safety this week against the Titans.
Adams (groin) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. He missed Indy's win over Green Bay in Week 9, but it looks like he could return this week after getting rest during the Colts' Week 10 bye.
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