The Detroit Lions apparently didn’t let former Buccaneers Andrew Adams leave Allen Park without agreeing to a deal. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press is reporting that Adams will sign a one-year deal with the Lions.
As we mentioned earlier on Thursday, Adams has had a pretty impressive career for an undrafted prospect. He immediately started 13 games in his rookie season for the New York Giants and played in all 16 games the next year. Though he failed to make the team in 2018, he eventually joined the Buccaneers last season and tallied a career-high four interceptions and nine passes defended.
Adams also brings quite a bit of special teams value, having played a team-high 316 special teams snaps in 2017 with the Giants. He played another 171 with the Bucs last year.
As for his spot on the roster, there’s reason to believe Adams can compete for a sub-package role as the team’s third safety. Detroit is already set with Tracy Walker and Quandre Diggs likely to be the team’s two starting safeties, but Adams may compete with veteran Tavon Wilson for that third role, as both are experienced and bring special teams skills. The deciding factor may end up being price. Contract terms for Adams, at this point in time, are still unknown. But Wilson currently has a $3.78 million cap hit with only $875,000 in dead cap should the Lions decide to release him ($2.9 million cap relief).
UPDATE: The Lions have confirmed the signing of Andrews, as well as the signing of offensive guard Oday Aboushi: