INDIANAPOLIS – Former Denver Bronco Mike Adams has entered the safety competition for the Colts. Whether he’ll start, or even stay in Indy at all, is still up in the air.
You could tell on his first day in the locker room that he felt right at home.
“I want to compete for a job. I want to earn these guys’ respect. It’s a different locker room, it’s a new regime, a new system I have to learn and I want to earn that. I don’t want it to be given to me,” said Adams.
“All Mike wanted was an opportunity. He said first thing to me when I talked to him on the phone when he was trying to make a decision was ‘Coach, I don’t want to be handed anything, I don’t want you to give me anything. I just want a fair shot. I just want an opportunity.’ And I said ‘Well, we’ve done that before and we’ll do it again, so welcome to the Colts,” said head coach Chuck Pagano.
This is Adams’ eleventh season in the NFL and his third team. He’s 33 years old, but jokes he has a hard time admitting it.
“How old am I again? I feel like I’m 26. You’re going to see the way I move…watch,” laughed Adams.
For the past two years, Adams was a teammate of Peyton Manning and though he’s alongside Andrew Luck now, the veteran wasn’t about to be lured into making a comparison.
“I’m going to give you the politically correct answer. I’m going to wait to see Andrew Luck pass in practice and we’ll wait to see Peyton Manning on September 7,” he said.
With safety Corey Lynch out because of injury, Pagano says bringing Adams on board made sense.
“Mike’s played a lot of football and played a lot of football at a high level,” he said.
“I just want to be me and do what I’ve been doing these last 10 years and that’s play solid football and make plays when it’s time to make plays,” said Adams.
These are plays Adams hopes translates into a championship for the Colts.