ALBUQUERQUE – “Yes, sir.”
Two simple words, but they said a great deal about how the newest Bronco, Mike Adams, sees himself fitting not he Broncos. He was asked during a conference call with local media on Thursday whether he saw himself as a free safety, and that was his reply.
The implication would seem to be that Adams, a veteran of eight seasons with the 49ers and Browns, would be set to fill that spot in the secondary, which at the start of 2011 belonged to second-round pick Rahim Moore before he was benched for fellow rookie Quinton Carter. Carter’s skill set is a more natural fit at strong safety, but he couldn’t play there while Brian Dawkins was healthy and able to contribute.
But that’s a matter for organized team activities in May and training camp and the regular season beyond that.
The resume of Adams is in the vein of Nick Ferguson — a long-term backup and special-teamer who finally became a full-time starter at a relatively late stage in his career and proved he belonged.
It’s not the sexiest pickup the Broncos could have made to start free agency, but their back line of defense looks much more stable now than it did 24 hours earlier. And if Dawkins decides to give it a go for one more season and bring some back-line thump to the run defense, so much the better.
“Him and Donovin Darius are why I wear No. 20,” Adams said. have nothing but good things to say about him and I actually can’t wait to meet him.
“I tried to talk to him one time when the Cleveland Browns played Philly a couple years ago. He was in his zone already so it was too late to talk to him. When he gets into that game zone you can’t talk to him. I respect him and I hope he comes back.”
Maybe it’s too much for the Broncos to hope that Dawkins returns for another season, but if he does, the depth of the Broncos’ safeties suddenly looks like a strength rather than the weakness it recently appeared to be.