Mike Adams adds to the safety competition

June, 16, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- One of the most consistent things that have come out of Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano's mouth this offseason is the desire to have competition for playing time.

Who knows how Corey Lynch would have fit into the competition for the starting safety spot next season, but his season-ending injury intensifies the battle for that starting spot.

The Colts signed veteran safety Mike Adams over the weekend to take Lynch’s spot on the roster.

Adams, 33, is past his prime, but he has something Delano Howell, Colt Anderson, David Sims and Sergio Brown don’t have: experience.

Adams has started 73 of the 146 games he’s appeared in during his 10-year career. Howell, Anderson, Sims and Brown have combined for 13 starts in their career. Adams played in all 16 games for a third straight season last season while with the Denver Broncos.

It's unclear how much Adams has left because we’re in the middle of June and he just now got signed. Adams told Sirius XM NFL Radio recently, “This is the longest I’ve ever waited to get picked up, so the anxiety is starting to pick up now.”

Howell has the inside track to start alongside LaRon Landry at the safety, but the Colts now have some added insurance in Adams in case Howell can’t lock down the position.

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter

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